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VCU West: Alumni Wanted 
in Los Angeles! 

Several hundred VCU/RPI/MCV graduates 
live and work in Los Angeles, and we need a 
chapter! Our LA alumni are renowned 
doctors and entertainment industry execu- 
tives, photographers and actors, business 
and marketing gurus, artists and musicians. 

We are developing a chapter that will 
focus on creating a valuable network for 
alumni to find new contacts and business 
opportunities as well as socializing with old 
friends and supporting VCU and current 

If you are an RPI or VCU or MCV alum 
and live in LA, please get involved! Contact 
Kieran Donahue to be on our LA Alumni list 
for upcoming events and news: (310) 820- 
0980 or 

lA'hen Coach Jeff Cape! took charge of 
Rams Men's Basketball March 5, 2002, he 
was the youngest Division 1 coach in the 
country. In his first season as head coach, 
Capel led VCU to an 18-10 overall record and 
a 12-6 mark in the CAA. He guided Virginia 
Commonwealth to the #2 seed in the confer- 
ence's postseason tournament, VCU's 
highest seed since 1996. 

Capel posted the best-ever winning per- 
centage for a first-year VCU head men's bas- 
ketball coach, and tied the school mark for 
most victories in his first season. He was 
named Virginia University Division Coach of 
the Year for 2003. Find out about this year's 
players and strategies. VCU Ticket Office: 
(8041 828-RAMS 

"Do well, and do good" 

At VCU Commencement May 17, after break- 
fast for hosted by the VCU and MCV Alumni 
Associations, graduates, families and friends 
heard from Roger Gregory, the first African- 
American to be appointed to the U.S. Court of 
Appeals for the Fourth Circuit "Live a public life that arises 
from private concerns," said Gregory, who received an honorary 
Doctor of Humane Letters. "What are you waiting for? Go forward, 
do well and do good." VCU awarded 4,168 degrees for 2002-03. 

Adios, Isabel! 

Whew. Isabel has come and gone September 18-19, with a 
handful of tornados early September 23. VCU closed both 
campuses Thursday and Friday during the storm, with the MCV 
Campus (which never lost power) reopening Monday, and the 
Academic Campus Tuesday. MCV Hospitals was the only hospital 
in the Richmond area that never lost power or all water pressure. 
Friday, a week after Isabel, key traffic lights near campus were 
still out, with police directing traffic at peak hours. 

About 3,000 VCU students were riders of the storm. On the 
Academic Campus, most buildings lost power and water pressure — 
which meant undrinkable water until September 23. Backup 
generators provided emergency power at larger residence halls; 
and there was enough water in the system to keep the dorms flush. 
Dining Services fed students right through the storm wrth a backup 
generator and refrigerator at Hibbs. Even so, "We had to modify 
the menu to use what products we had in the house," operations 
manager Janet Worley told VCU's Commonwealth Times. 

More than 280 students and a few neighborhood families 
camped out at The Siegel Center (which never lost power, 
although ready with a generator and extra fuel). For the duration, 
students came in to charge cell phones and use computers, as 
well as about 30 community people who plugged in respirators. 

All told, Isabel let 
both campuses off 
lightly. Huge trees fell 
Cabell Library but 
missed the buildings. 
Minor damage from 
wind and water to eight 
of VCU's 161 buildings 
was repaired quickly. 

Fall Reading Days 

Oct. 16-17 were 

canceled to make up 

lost class days. Tim-bemr! In tlie alley behind The Chcitcr- 

field bettt'em W. Franklin and Grace Streets. 

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a magaziiie for alumni and 
friends of the Academic Campus of 
Virginia Commonwealth University 
in Richmond, VCU is a Carnegie One 
Research University with an enroll- 
ment of 26,700 students on the 
Academic and Medical College of 
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On behalf of each member of our family, 
I want to thank you for the wonderful 
article about my husband, Phil Meggs, in 
the Spring, 2003 issue of Shafer Court 

There have been a number of articles 
about Phil, including very nice ones in 
Tlie New York Times, Print Magazine 
(twice), and the Los Angeles Daily News. 
While these articles were wonderful 
tributes to my husband, none of them 
touched our hearts so much as your 

We deeply appreciate the fact that you 
contacted our family to include our 
memories and comments about the 
person we loved most in the wodd. Your 
article, besides citing Phil's professional 
achievements, also captured his spirit of 
fun in a beautifully written format. 

With gratitude and admiration, 
Libby Meggs '65BFA 

Great NASCAR connection story. 

John Borgard 

Associate Dean 

College of Humanities and Sciences 

Return of the Native 

Novelist and RPl alumnus Tom Robbins 
'59BS/MC hosted a barbeQandA at VCU 
to benefit VCU Libraries on October 5, 
2003. Robbins read the passage about 
leaving Richmond from his classic Even 
Cowgirls Get tlie Blues (among Tlie Sail 
Francisco Chronicle's 100 Best Novels of 
the 20th Century) and new work, and 
schmoozed with thrilled fans and alumni. 
One reader had named her goats after 
Robbins characters and brought photos, 
which seems entirely appropriate. 

The Author Incognito is in the photo 
with Richmond writer and VCU creative 
writing instructor David Robbins, who 
introduced Tom Robbins. 

A 1989 Alumni Star, Robbins has 
donated his papers to Cabell Library's 
Special Collections — and Cabell happens 
to be on the site of his old basement 
apartment. Robbins' latest novel is Villa 
Incognito. Writers Digest named Tom 
Robbins one of the 100 Best Writers of the 
20th Century. The barbeque netted nearly 
$8,000 for the libraries. 

On May 10th, I returned to VCU as a 
doctoral student in the School of 
Education. What a transformation VCU 
has undergone since I graduated twenty- 
four years ago! I was lost on a familiar 
campus in my hometown. 

The bookstore was no longer in the 
cramped, dingy basement of the Hibbs 
Building, but in a modem, colorful, well- 
lit facility. Thankfully, the library was in 
its same location; however, it did not look 
like the old library 1 remembered. 1 may 
not be looking forward to my long hours 
there, but it vnll now be a much more 
enjoyable environment in which to 
study. Although VCU will always be a 
sprawling, urban university, the campus 
has been definitely spruced up- brick side- 
walks, colorful banners, shrubs and 
flowers, park benches and grassy areas. 

My favorable impressions also extend 
to the students. The young man who 
issued my VCU card welcomed me back 
to campus. The young man in the library 



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could not have been nicer responding to 
my 101 questions. The young lady in the 
bookstore gave me the 10% alumni 
discount although 1 did not have my 
VCU Alumni Association card with me. 
She said 1 looked and sounded honest. 
And the young lady (with the purple hair) 
flashed me the brightest smile as she 
pointed me in the direction of the text- 
books I sought. I don't know who or how 
VCU is tiaining its student-employees, 
but the students know how to provide 
customer service. 

I try not to stare at the students with 
purple, pink or orange hair, tattoos 
extending from wrist to shoulder or 
multiple body piercings. . .but give me a 
few more weeks and 1 probably v\ill not 
even notice. 

I look forward to being both a student 
and alumna as VCU continues with its 
growth and progress. 


Rebecca Clarke '79Post-Certiflcate/B 

The View from SunTrust 

On October 8, alumni who work at 
SunTrust Financial Corporation took in 
the view from the top at a late afternoon 
reception on SunTrust's 24th floor. Co- 
hosts were BiU Ginther '69BS'74MS/B, 
VCU Alumni Association president and 
SunTrust corporate executive vice presi- 
dent, and SunTrust's chair, president and 
CEO C.T. Hill— also a tinstee for the 
School of Engineering Foundation. 

About 100 people heard VCU's top 
executive. President Eugene Trani, talk 
about plans for a downtown Monroe 
Campus and our new MacArthur Fellow, 
sculptor Daisy Youngblood '63-'66A. 
Great food, a little wine and conversation 
filled out the afternoon. 






We're the Top! 

When US News & World Report reported "America's 
Best Graduate Schools" in August, VCU's School 
of the Arts rang the bell, with three departments 
and the School's Vlaster of Fine Arts rated in the 
top ten. "Practically everything we've done for the 
past seven years has been for national notice," 
says Richard Toscan, dean of the school. "It's so 
important to our students." 

Graphic Design 
School of the Arts MFA 


Painting and Printmaking 


From the MCV Campus, Nurse Anesthesia was 
also number 1 in the country, and Health 
Administration number 5. Other programs on 
both campuses were rated in the top 20 and 50. 

Nurse Anesthesia 


Health Administration 


Community Health 
Rehabilitation Counseling 



Teacher Preparation 

top 50 

Two New Schools in H&S 

VCU started the fall semester with two brand new 
schools in VCU's College of Humanities and 
Sciences. Dr. McKenna Brown now leads the 
School of Worid Studies, and Dr. Robert 
Holsworth heads the School of Government and 
Public Affairs. 

The largest of its kind in the Southeast, the 
School of Government and Public Affairs offers 
programs in criminal justice, non-profit manage- 
ment, economics, public administration, political 
science and urban studies. In the VCU tradition, 
Holsworth says, "The School tianslates theory into 
practice. Students can work in actual political 
campaigns, intern in international aid 
organizations, and develop skills to 
manage city agencies or to become 
criminal investigators. Our faculty includes 
leading researchers as well as people in 
high governmental and political office." 

The School of V^orld Studies offers 
programs in foreign languages, geography, 
cultural anthropology, international 
studies and religious studies. Brown 
explains, "Our school addresses crucial 
topics of the new century, such as the 
impact of globalization on society and the 
environment. Our graduates will function 
well across linguistic and cultural borders." 

Dr. Stephen Gottfredson, dean of 
humanities and sciences, e.xpects the new 
major in African American Studies to 

enhance both new schools and bring new out- 
of-state students to VCU. He told the Coininon- 
wealth Times, "African-American studies clearly is 
culUiral studies, but it is also government and 
public affairs." Faculty in African-American 
Studies, he explained, also teach in one of the 
new schools, and will strengthen both programs. 

Sculptor Daisy Youngblood '63-'66A has won 

a MacArthur "genius" grant. Her mythic animals, 
people and combination creatures in clay and 
cast bronze convey intense emotional complexity 
and a sense of vulnerability. 

Sculpture graduate student Alessandra Torres 
has been awarded the prestigious Javits Fellowship 
for high achievement in the arts. VCU's "diverse 
community of faculty and students," she says, 
"has both supported and challenged my work." 

Israel ,Ar"^>?i?saclor at VCU 

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Daniel Ayalon, 
spoke at VCU October 7, sponsored by VCU's 
student Hillel Chapter. "For Israel peace is... a 
moral obligation," he said, but until the terrorist 
attacks stop, Israel will protect itself by going into 
enemy territory to find terrorists — as the U.S. is 
doing in Afghanistan and Iraq, he continued. 

Leadership must change before peace, Ayalon 
said, commenting that Arafat has received $7 
billion in aid, but most Palestinians live in 
poverty. Student reaction was mi.xed, with many 
glad of the information, and some students com- 
paring the situation to segregation in the South 
and to Richmond's treatment of the homeless. 

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Good Chemistry 

Dr. Fred Hawkridge, professor and chair 
of VCU's Department of Chemistry, 
received the American Chemical 
Society's Award for Distinguished 
Service in the Advancement of 
- Analytical Chemistry. 

J. David Pinkston. chair of the ACS 
Division of Analytical Chemistry, vi/rote 
of Hawkridge's, "extraordinary contribu- 
tions as an officer of the Division, a 
program officer at the National Science 
Foundation, a mentor to young analytical 
faculty members, an editor of influential 
journals in our field, a devoted educator, 
and last but not least, a research leader 
opening new and important horizons in 
the analytical sciences," 

Guggenheim Fellow 

Poet David Wojahn of the English 
Department was awarded a 
Guggenheim Fellowship of $40,000 to 
work on a book of new and selected 
poems in 2004. His poetry and criticism 
have appeared in The New Yorker, Best 
American Poe(/y and elsewhere. His 
latest book of poetry. Spirit Cabinet 
(2002), does honor to the terrible truths 
of the past century: arises from 

the punished flesh: the finch more 

sweetly warbles 
after the white-hot wires have 

pierced its eyes. 

The Wright Vision 

Kenneth and Dianne Wright have 
donated $10.5 million to VCU's School 
of Engineering. Their gift supports the 
School's Phase II construction of a new 
bio-engineering building, a biochip 
research facility, and more funding for 
faculty and students. The Virginia 
[Vlicroelectronics Center was renamed 
in their honor in April. 

"Dianne and I look fonward to the 
School of Engineering's continued 
expansion," said Kenneth Wright an 
Engineering Foundation trustee. 


Isabel was forgotten for a few hours on September 20 while 5,000 people at the 
Siegel Center mellowed out on ballads from three-time Grammy winner Bruce 
Hornsby and laughed themselves silly at Jay Leno's wit. (And 
they were rolling!) Health care insurance corporation Athem 
sponsored the benefit for VCU's Massey Cancer Center. Every 
bit of the ticket price went to the Anthem Cancer Research 

Endowment Fund for Massey, 
raising $505,080. 

Before the concert, Life 
Members of the VCU Alumni 
Associations were delighted by 
a lantern-lit reception at the 
unpowered Alumni Fiouse. If 
the show goes on, so does the 
party. Many guests still had no 
electricity at home, in DC and 
Fredencksburg as well as 
Richmond, so glad cries greeted 
the hot catered food and drinks 
with ice! Intrepid staff even 
cleaned up by battery-powered 
fluorescent lanterns. 


FALL 3 2003 

Business Ethics 

"The concept of spin is a three-letter 
word: lie." Wallace Stettinius, retired 
chair of Cadmus Communications, said 
forcefully at a School of Business sym- 
posium in June on business ethics. The 
eight panelists argued that ethical 
practice was good business. "If you do 
the right thing for a the right reason," 
believes James Ukrop, chair of Ukrop's 
Super Markets Inc. and First Market 
Bank, "good things usually happen." He 
also emphasized CEO responsibility. 
"Everything starts at the top. When the 
fish gets rotten, the head stinks first." 
Stettinius, now a senior executive 
fellow in the School of Business, had 
just co-authored a book, Corporate 
Governance, part of the McGraw-Hill 
Executive MBA Series. Responding to 
recent corporate scandals, the book sets 
out a plan for better accountability for 
executives and boards of directors, 

Biotech 6 Opens 

The newest building in the Virginia 
Biotechnology Research Park — a city- 
state-private-VCU partnership — opened 
in June. Labs in the $63 million building 
are equipped to handle diseases like 
anthrax, tuberculosis and West Nile 
virus. There is space for a Biosatety 
Level 4 Laboratory for analyzing the 
most dangerous and yet unknown organ- 
isms, like smallpox, ebola, SARS and 
monkeypox. Once equipped it would be 
one of five in the country. Virginia also 
operates one of the five labs to test for 
dangerous chemicals which might be 
used by terrorists, 

"This lab is in many ways our first 
line of defense against new and tradi- 
tional threats" to public health, said 
Governor Mark Warner. 

VCU honored four outstanding faculty nnembers at Convocation on 
September 10,2003. 

Lester Van Winkle, School of the Arts • Distinguished Teaching Award 

In 34 years on the sculpture faculty, Van Winkle played a major role in building 
the graduate sculpture program ranked first nationally by U.S. News & World 
Report. He has led RPlA/CU students at all levels, from freshman Arts 
Foundation to graduate studios. "They are a magical lot with a compulsion to 
make things," he says. "Their curiosity is palpable." Students quote "Lester's 
Laws": "There's nothing negative about space." 

Nicholas Farrell PhD, College of Humanities and Sciences • Distinguished 
Scholarship Award 

Dr. Farrell, professor of inorganic chemistry at VCU since 1 993, is recognized 
internationally for work in platinum chemistry. Since 1998 he has attracted $1 .8 
million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer 
Society, the National Institutes of Health and Novuspharma for his work on non- 
classical platinums. He established the first Gordon Research Conference on 
metals in medicine, held in July, 2002. He was chair of the 9th International 
Symposium on Platinum Compounds in Cancer Chemotherapy in October in 
New York City. 

JoAnne Henry EdD, RN, School of Nursing • Distinguished Service Award 

Dr. Henry is director of VCU's Office of Health Policy and Research. In 25 years 
at VCU, she has focused on better health care for underserved communities. 
As director of the Community Nursing Organization she won $700,000 in grants 
to develop new models of nursing practice and community partnerships — 
programs that can sustain themselves beyond the grant. The point is "to bring 
new knowledge to the users" — the nurses, agency heads and elected officials. 
"University service is not 'doing good,' but knowledge work." 

Earl Ellis PhD, School of Medicine • University Award of Excellence 

Dr. Ellis is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and director of the 
MD/PhD program. A major contributor to VCU research into traumatic brain 
injury, Ellis recently invented a new approach to studying the effects of traumatic 
injury on individual brain cells in tissue culture, to help physicians study the 
biochemical and functional processes of brain injury. 

Niclwhis Farrell PhD 

v?3?jencln<s the Sisprsiirce Court 
In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that 
lawyers must review a client's background to look 
for extenuating evidence that could influence a 
jury or judge in sentencing. Hans Selvog's 
'86MSW research into the brutally abusive child- 
hood of death row inmate Kevin Wiggins was 
cited throughout the Court's majority opinion. 
Selvog (with mentor Dr. Michael Sheridan) works 
at the National Center on Institutions and 
Altematives in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a Ph.D. 
candidate in social work. 

Gene Huang, chief economist for FedEx Corp., 
and Business Week's Most Accurate Forecaster in 
2002, spoke with VCU economics majors in 
September. Huang forecast a strong third quarter 
of 2003, noting a rise in retail, housing and auto 
sectors. Although FedEx has access to real-time 
economic data from 215 countries, he said, the 
company doesn't try to predict more than five 
years ahead. "The biggest issue is still the geopolit- 
ical issue," Huang said. Global terrorism is the 
biggest risk to economic growth — and there is no 
mathematical model to predict it. 

Students did hear one remark that might 
predict their own futures; FedEx hires many PhDs 
in economy. 

The Bottom Line isn't impact- 
ing bookstore lines. VCU's 
total enrollment is 26,700, up 
from 26,000 last year. In ^^^.j £jjj^ p^j^ 

August, for the fifth year in a 
row, VCU welcomed its biggest freshman class. 

There are 3,250 freshmen this fall, up from 
3,048 in 2002. The number of out-of-state 
students (paying higher tuition) nearly doubled 
since last year. Also increasing are African 
American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American 
students, who make up 38 percent of new 
freshmen. There is a 30 percent increase in overall 
Life Sciences enrollment; and the Forensic Science 
major nearly doubled since last year. 

VCU's intemational student enrollment is up, 
unaffected by stricter regulation of student visas. 
New foreign students (who pay full out-of-state 
tuition except for a few athletes on scholarship) 
are up, to 181 ft-om 120 new students last year. 
VCU's total intemational enrollment is 653. They 
come from India — 21%; China — 17%; South 
Korea— 12%; the rest mostly ft-om Asia. VCU has 
30 Kuwaiti smdents but only 17 Saudis, who are 
having more visa hurdles. 

Spiffy new and renewed housing, on-campus 
and nearby, is attracting a lot of students. This fall 
4,000 students are living in dorms, creating a buzz 
on campus aroimd the clock. 


Performing surgery is hard enough, but in zero 
gravity? Dr. Azhar Raflq '03MBA is a co-investi- 
gator with the NASA Research Partnership Center 
at VCU's Department of Surgery. He and 15 others 
traveled to Johnson Space Center in Houston, to 
measure the efficacy of their virtual reality simula- 
tion e.xperiments in a zero-gravity environment 
aboard NASA's KC-135 airplane. 

Rafiq's mission was accepted and funded by 
NASA in October, 2002— thanks, Raflq says, to 
giant-writing guidance from Center director Dr. 
Ronald Merrell. The team was evaluating the per- 
fomiance of astionauts and NASA flight surgeons 
doing surgery in zero gravity. Results will show 
how to better tiain and mentor astronauts for 
surgical emergencies. 

Raflq adds, "It was unlike anything on earth. I 
would do it again in a flash." He has already filed 
for a follow-up study. In photo line-up are Dr. 
Mary Sebastian, VCU surgery resident, Oracle's 
Tyler Muth, and Rafiq. 

The Bottom Line 

Since fall 2002, VCU has been responding to a 
national budget crisis brought on by a recession 
and years of federal and state ta.\ cuts. Virginia 
students faced a mid-year increase in January and 
another this fall. Since 2002-03, VCU's undergrad- 
uate in-state tuition and fees have risen $651, a 
15.4 percent increase. In Virginia, students are 
paying an average of $1,000 more per year. In 
May a state report suggested raising tuition 10 
percent each of the next three years, to replace the 
cunent yearly $351 million shortfall and build a 
balance for tight times. 

At VCU, tuition dollars are making up some 
deficits. The College of Humanities and Sciences 
has added back 15 biology classes, 13 labs, eight 
history classes, and language and math courses so 
students could graduate on time. The School of 
Business hired adjunct and full-time nontenured 
faculty to teach more sections of necessary classes. 

In 2002-03, VCU Libraries suspended book 
purchasing for the spring and cancelled thousands 
of journal subscriptions. If you need a double 
espresso just hearing all this, get it at Java 901 in 
Cabell Library or Skull & Beans cafe in Tompkins- 
McCaw Library. When you buy a cup of Java at 
the library, your purchase does 
double duty; the Libraries' share of 
profits from every cup is used solely 
to buy books. Java 901 sold 66,000 
cups in its first five months. 

Not your mother's library, agrees University 
Librarian John Ulmschneider. Speaking in to NPR 
on August 22, he commented, "Students now 
expect coffee bars [and] computers wherever they 
turn. [Their] work ethos is mulfltasking." Java 901 
multitasks itself, keeping students in the library 
and awake to learn, while adding more books. 
"Wake up and smell the coffee," says 
Ulmschneider, beaming. 

"We Can't Be More Thankful" 

As Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau sped along 
Richmond International Raceway May 2 in a 
practice run, he set a record, though not the kind 
he was aiming for. When the driver's side of his 
car slammed into a concrete wall, the impact was 
the highest G-force hit reported by NASCAR. As 
one offlcial said, 'Tt was easily the hardest hit. . .it 
was a whopper." 

Suffering a partially collapsed lung as well as 
head and rib injuries, Nadeau was flown immedi- 
ately to the VCU Medical Center, a Level 1 tiauma 
center — and home base for seven of the nine 
doctors who wrote the standards for treating head 
trauma. For three weeks, 32-year-old Nadeau was 
semiconscious and unable to speak. He improved 
slowly under the expert neurosurgical and rehab 
teams. By May 22, his colleague. Jay Frye com- 
mented, 'T'm overwhelmed. ...Today, it was an 
absolutely normal conversation. We can't be more 
thankful than we are right now." 

On September 5, Nadeau returned to thank 
neurosurgeon Dr. Kathryn Holloway, and ICU 
and rehab staff. "I feel good — really good," 
Nadeau said gratefully. He hopes to drive his 
U.S. Army sponsored Pontiac at the Daytona 500 
next February. 

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Roll Call 

On June 1 , John Duval took over as 
CEO of the VCU Health System's MCV 
Hospitals, Duval had been COO of the 
University Medical Center at the 
University of Arizona Health Sciences 
Center. "We are excited to have a 
person of his caliber and experience 
joining our team," says VCU President 
Eugene Irani. 

Edwin Blanks retired in 
September as vice provost for Academic 
Admini-stration. He had been at VCU 
since 1965, when he joined the faculty 
of the Information Systems Department 
in the School of Business, In his long 
career in teaching and administration, 
Blanks co-authored numerous articles on 
computing and information systems. 

In July, Dr. David Sarrett became 
associate vice president for Health 
Sciences for Academic Affairs, over- 
seeing academic administration and 
planning on the MCV Campus. He 
also continues as assistant dean for 
Academic Affairs and director of 
Graduate Programs in the School 
of Dentistry, 

Dr Micah McCreary, associate 
professor of psychology, is the first 
assistant vice provost for diversity. He 
will continue to teach as well as to 
promote racial and cultural diversity on 

New to VCU's Board of Visitors 
are Dr. John C. Doswell 11 79DDS, 
a Richmond dentist and a member of the 
MCV Foundation Board: Anne "Panny" 
Rhodes, fomier Richmond delegate to 
the Virginia legislature: and Ralph 
"Bill" Axselle Jr., a former Henrico 
delegate who is partner and chair of 
governmental affairs at Williams Mullen 
law firm. 

Bugging Terrorism. Backed by a $1 million Pentagon grant, VCU biologist Dr, 
Karen Kester is bugging the soil, the ground and the air, to see if insects can gather 
information about deadly or hazardous agents. Her two dozen species of bugs are 
"little sponges or dust mops," She thinks they could become part of a "24/7 
sampling scheme," sent instead of people to collect toxins in a building or area 
suspected of contamination. 

Emergency Services. The U,S, Department of Health and Human SeiA/ices has 
awarded a $1 .5 million grant to VCU to educate physicians, nurses, paramedics, 
police, firefighters and government officials to respond effectively to bioterronsm 
emergencies. The high-tech anti-bioterronsm courses include advanced, basic and 
core disaster life support, sometimes using high-tech patient robotic simulator 
systems.The University will tram about 3,000 people, mostly Virginians, in the next 
two years. 

Together Again. Dr. John Fenn (definitely not resting on his Nobel laurels) has a 
$90,000 anti-terronsm grant with Russian colleague Aliexei Rebrov of the Design- 
Technological Institute of Instrument Engineering of Geophysics and Ecology in 
Novosibirsk. They will co-direct a project to build a portable system to detect and 
identify trace levels of airborne warfare agents to give early warning of terrorist 
attacks. The grant is from the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation. 
Fenn and electrical engineer Joe Bango Jr. are developing an anthrax detection and 
collection system for the Marine Corps, 

Potable Water. VCU environmental specialists are monitonng Richmond's 
dnnking water as part of a one-year, $140,000 contract with the city. The university 
is testing the water for chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants 

PhD in Epidemiology. Responding to heightened concern about bioterronsm, 
VCU has established the only Ph,D, program in epidemiology in Virginia, Graduates 
will protect public health better with advanced training in prevention, surveillance, 
intervention and treatment of diseases in populations. 


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No. 21 Retired! 

This year, VCU basketball foward 
Kristine Austgulen '03BS/H&S 

became the first woman in VCU 
Basl<etball to have her jersey retired — 
and probably the first Norwegian bas- 
ketball player of any level or gender 
to have a jersey retired in the U.S. 

Awestruck. Austgulen said, "There 
have been a lot of great players in this 
program. I feel extremely honored," 
Austgulen holds 1 1 season records 
and 10 career records in VCU's all-time 
record book. And a slew of academic 
awards; the political science major 
carried a 4.0 GPA, "I pretty much 
attribute everything to hard work," 
she added. 

Can You Handle Yourself? 

They can handle the ball, but can they 
handle themselves? Fifty of the nation's 
top 100 high school basketball players 
came to VCU for the NBA Players 
Association National High School Camp 
this summer. Very young and very 
talented, these young men face pressure 
on and off the court. They got in-depth 
coaching on everything from conflict res- 
olution to etiquette to court moves. 

"Our goal is to provide as much edu- 
cation as we can so these guys can have 
a suit of armor to deflect all of the 
possible attacks," says camp director 
Tim McCormick. 

Picture Perfect 

After Fred Chabrow's car was hit by a 
truck, the former public defender had 
lost balance, impaired coordination and 
limited use of his right side. He lost 
not only his work, but his avocation: 
he thought he'd never take another 

VCU seniors in biomedical 
engineering, Erin Mallahan '03BS/En 
and Elizabeth Anderson '03BS/En, 
restored his art through theirs They 
designed a three-pound, waist-mounted 
camera support system with a left- 
handed handle so he can move a 

"This is great," says Chabrow. "I 
had missed it." "I'm very happy because 
Fred is happy," says Anderson. "It makes 
me feel good." 

Massey Research and Treatment 

On September 25, VCU's Massey Cancer Center 
broke ground for a much-needed expansion. 
Here are a few ways Massey is "making hope into 
reality," as National Cancer Institute director Dr. 
Andrew von Eschenbach said at the ceremony. 

Genetic Keys. In August the National Cancer 
Institute awarded a five-year, $4.5 million grant 
to the Massey Cancer Center to continue research 
into genetic aspects of radiation treatment 
for cancer. 

Under the earlier grant, VCU researchers 
identified a cancer cell gene which protected 
the cell from radiation. By blocking the gene's 
function, researchers made the cancerous cell 
more vulnerable to radiation. The team also 
showed that injecting the herpes simplex vims 
gene into certain brain cancer cells dramatically 
increases the effectiveness of radiation therapy. 

Now the team will study the roles of genes 
in multiple signaling pathways in a number 
of cancers. "The ultimate goal," says radiation 
oncologist and team leader Dr. Rupert Schmidt- 
Ullrich,"is... target-specific genetic radiotherapy," 

EMRT. Massey is one of the major cancer centers 
in the country offering a new treatment that 
targets radiation much more precisely to cancer- 
ous cells while sending a much lighter dose to 
adjacent healthy cells — especially important for a 
tumor near vital organs like the brain or eye. TMRT 
(intensity-modulated radiotherapy) uses imaging 
technology like CT scanners and a set of moving 
tungsten leaves that block and shape the radiation 
beam for exquisite precision. "It's incredible 
power," says Schmidt-Ullrich. 

Blood Cancers. A team headed by Dr. Steven 
Grant received a the Translational-Clinical Award 
and $300,000 three-year grant (matched by VCU) 
from the V Foundation for Cancer Research. They 
are studying the effectiveness of a combination of 
experimental dmgs on several blood cancers. 

Dealing witli Pain. Masse/s Thomas Palliative 
Care Unit, treating more than 500 patients a year, 
has received a three-year, $750,000 grant from The 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to share its 
knowledge. "Massey is clearly recognized as a 
national leader in pain and symptom control," 
says medical director Dr. Thomas Smith. "Now we 
can teach our methods to more than 100 teams 
from other cancer centers." 

Worker Riqhts: EU vs US 

"Employment laws in Europe are light years away 
from ours," comments Dr. Carol Rasnic, VCU 
School of Business expert in comparative labor 
law. Every summer since 1991, Rasnic has taught 
in a German or Austrian law school, on American 
labor and employment law and U.S. 
Constitutional Law. She has published widely 
comparing legal systems in Europe and the U.S. 

VVhen Rasnic lectured this summer in Linz on 
U.S. law for private pension plans and social 
security, "that audience was amazed," she says. In 
European social states, Rasnic explains, retirees 
receive 100 percent of their fulltime pay. U.S. 
social security allows about 40 percent of pre- 
retirement wage. A study of the two systems by 
Rasnic and German Professor Reinhard Resch will 
be published in a German law journal. 

Job security for European workers "is protected 
and overseen by the courts"; paid leave for new 

children and illnesses is generous — a year and a 
half paid parental leave. 

The EU's Amsterdam Treaty of 1999 prohibits 
workplace discrimination on the ground of sexual 
preference. American courts are not there yet. 
Rasnic notes, "There is a decided nonchalance 
in Europe about situations which here are quite 
contioversial, like gay rights. One young German 
lawyer commented, 'Ach, es istegal — lebm imd 
lebm lassm!' (Oh, it's all the same — live and 
let live!)" 

She suggests drily, "If one were choosing where 
to do business, it would depend upon whether he 
is an employee or an employer." 

This fall on her third Fulbright, Rasnic is 
studying and lecturing at the law school in 
Galway, Ireland about comparative laws protect- 
ing rights for people with disabilities, a current 
issue for the EU. Rasnic's Nortiiem Ireland: Can Sean 
and John Live in Peace? came out this spring. 


Dramatic. VCU performance majors Letitia 
"Tia" James and Aaron Holland are already 
making their mark. In June, they won the most 
honored acting prize for theater students at the 
Kennedy Center American College Theatre 
Festival in Washington. 

"I'm still kind of in shock," says James, 
who attributes her success to "college life, 
growing up and coming into my own." Next 
stop, Broadway. 

Compassionate. Recently, Sohaib 
Mohluddin '03BS/H&S formerly president of 
VCU's Muslim Students Association, was one 
of five students nationwide, of 1 27 nominated, 
to receive the Howard R. Swearer Student 
Humanitarian Award for service to the com- 
munity. "This award is a tribute to MSA 
members, not only on this campus but on 
campuses all over," said Mohiuddin. MSA 
also received VCU's student multicultural 
award for their work to create understanding 
and connection between Muslim students 
and others since 2001 . 

Inventive. Last summer, senior chemistry 
major Takiya Ahmed '03BS/En garnered 
first-place honors at the National Organization 
for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers 
conference in Indianapolis. Ahmed's research 
examined ways to reduce or eliminate 
hazardous substances and chemical workers' 
exposure to them. 

"Takiya's success shows just what 
impact research opportunities can have on 
our undergraduate students," says her advisor, 
Dr. Stephen Watton. 

ingenious. In March, VCU School of 
Engineering's Jonathan Andrews '02BS/En 

won Mentor Graphics Corporation's 2003 RGB 
Technology Leadership Awards University 
Scholarship. The award promotes innovation in 
education for printed circuit board designers. 

" I was constantly amazed, as I worked 
more with the tools, at how I could simplify 
tasks I had previously struggled with, " says 
Andrews. "I also learned that board layout is 
not a trivial task." 




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s WE go to prESS, AiTiEriCAn soldiErs, IrAqi fightsrs And IrAqi civiliAns 
ArE still dying. At thE SAniE tiniE, AniEriCAns afe bringing mEdiCAl CArE, rEStAiting poWEr 
gEnErAtors, And trAining nEW poIiCE forcES to rEStorE ordEr And SAfEtv so lifE CAn go on. THe 
quEStion of WAr is a niAttEr of lifE And dEAth— not only whAt we ape willing to diE for, but whAt 
WE chooSE to liVE for. WhEn we spokE with VCU Alumni in tliE miiitAry And Alumni peace Activists, 
mAny of thEm mEntionEd "lifE-cliAnging 
ExpEriEncEs" tliAt illuminAtEd tiiEir pAths. 
All of thEm ArE living by thEir choiCES. 

"now it's rEAi." 

Captain Lorenza Peterson '99BS/E enlisted in the 
Anny in 1991 during Desert Storm, hoping to see 
action in the Middle East, "but 1 ended up in 
Germany instead of Saudi Arabia." He made Sergeant 
in three years and came to VCU on a full scholarship 
through the Army commissioning program. "I 
aammed a five-year degree in health education into 
three years," he says proudly. "It proved I could do 
the impossible." 

We first spoke to Peterson at Fort Hood, Texas 
in March, shortly before he was deployed. "You train 
for years and years, and now it's real," he said. "The 
game is about to be played." After his tour of duty, 
we spoke with him again. "I'm glad to be back. That 
place was really hot," he said from Texas in August. 

Captain Peterson is a medical source corps 
officer in the 4th Infantry Division. His medical 
supply unit provides medicine, medical equipment 
and supplies to 22,000 soldiers. "Sometimes it's 
overwhelming. It's not just 22,000 bottles of aspirin. 
Supplies come from all over the world, with special 
requirements. They are not tires and screwdrivers. 
Blood has a 72-hour shelf life, for example. If there's 
a gunshot wound to the chest, we have less than 
24 hours to request, locate and air deliver the units 
of blood needed." 

It helps that the 4th Infantry is the Army's only 
digitized, mechanized division. 

Digitization technology provides "situational 
awareness" on the battlefield. Positions are tracked 
on monitors in each tank or vehicle. "Everyone in a 
vehicle can see on a monitor where everyone is — even 
the enemy, as soon as we have that information." 

For the modem army, battlefield communication 
is by email, to send reports or ask questions. "This is 
very useful at a medical casualty collection point, for 
example. Reports from the field can tell you what 
injuries are coming in, and how many wounded. 

Home base, Tikrit Saddam's hometown. "A palace is a complex with many large and small 
mansions — the water palace, the tower palace. This is Obai's palace in Tikrit; he had others in 
Baghdad and Mosul," says Captain Lorenza Peterson. 

'We've got two broken legs, a head injury, three gunshot 
wounds.' You can be ready for them." 

Peterson's home base was Tikrit, Saddam's hometown in 
the North. "The Iraqi attitude toward US soldiers depends on 
where you are," he explained. South of Baghdad, as they 
drove into Iraq, "You'd see 3- and 4-year-old kids along the 
road, waving. Waving for water, waving for food. The men 
knew English very well. (The women didn't speak at all.) 
They greeted us, 'As-Salaamu Alaykum'— peace be upon you." 
The Arabic rolls easily off Peterson's tongue. "We're aware, of 
course, that people can be talking with you and a few 
minutes later, shooting at you. You don't trust anyone. There 
are lots of attacks from rocket grenade launchers." 

U.S. medical units "do provide medical care on a 
daily basis to Iraqis injured or hurt by Iraqi factions or by us." 
He mentions a case of an Iraqi man who was beating his wife. 
U.S. soldiers stopped the beating and treated her "fairly 
serious injuries." It took two medivac missions to rescue a 
seven-year-old Iraqi boy who had stepped on a landmine. 
"One Blackhawk helicopter went down. The entire aew was 
killed; but the second crew saved the little boy." 

FALL 7 2003 

Iraq had a functioning health care system, Peterson says, 
and large hospitals have sophisticated equipment like MRI 
machines. "But supplies are not flowing as they should. The 
whole rhythm of the country is off now because of the war." 
The U.S. medical department is supplying hospitals and 
clinics, he adds. "Our doctors and their doctors are working 
and talking together." 

In March, Peterson was untroubled by opposition to U.S. 
military action against Iraq. "You watch CNN and you see 
what world opinion is about the war," he admitted, "but Fort 
Hood is a military town and we have absolute military and 
civilian support. 

"It's about the team," he emphasized. "That's what I 
really want to convey. It's never about the one soldier sitting 
on the hill. A lot of things support that guy. Not just his com- 
manding officer or his training, his wife, his kids, his father 
and mother backing him, but also his peers and fellow 
citizens and the letters from the kids in the schools. It's all 
those things that make that guy sitting there think this isn't 
so bad even if it's 110 degrees in the shade." 

In August, after seeing action with them, Peterson was 
thoroughly impressed with his fellow servicemen and 

women. "Those guys over 
there are doing a profes- 
sionally great job. I'm per- 
sonally proud of all of 

In late September, 
Lorenza and his wife 
Taniaell Purges Peterson 
'98BS/E and their two- 
year-old daughter Jordan 
left for Korea. "Being wdth 
my famUy — that is the big 
thing, the most important 

double dutY 

Captain Eileen Roemer 
'OIMS/H&S grew up 
fascinated by her father's 
tales of 27 years in the 
FBI. "I'm one of five 
children," she says, "and 
1 was always the last one 
left at the dinner table, 
saying 'and then what 
happened?'" Eager to 
follow in her father's footsteps, Roemer joined the Navy as a 
path to the FBI. She served six years, becoming one of the 
first women to go on sea duty and train as a surface warfare 
officer, before switching to the Naval Reserves in 1983. 

In 1985, Roemer followed her father into the FBI. She 
works in the behavioral analysis unit, making assessments of 
criminals and developing strategies for interviewing suspects 
and investigating child abductions, serial homicides, serial 
rapes, tenorism and other violent crimes. In the past year. 

Eileen Roemer and Riley, a trained 

cadaver dog, spent two weeks 

searching for bodies at ttie Pentagon 

after the attacl<son September 11,2001. 

Roemer's focus has shifted to counter-terrorism. 
She spent 45 days in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 
providing interview strategies for the teams 
questioning detainees. 

Although Roemer's status as a federal agent 
makes her ineligible to be paid for her time in the 
Reserves, her commitment is unwavering. "I'm very 
proud to wear my uniform. I'm proud to be doing 
what I'm doing, and I'm proud to be associated with 
all the hard-working, dedicated, honest people in the 
military. 1 love just being around them." 

Roemer compares the impact of the over 220,000 
Reserve and National Guard troops who have been 
called up with her father's stories about how the 
Reserves won World War II. "The support they offer 
is immeasurable." Many reservists, she explains, have 
been called away from their homes and jobs for one 
or two years at a time. "They work side by side with 
active duty personnel, so that when the reserves are 
called up everyone knows it's going to be a seamless 
affiliation." Since the Gulf War, especially, "the 
Reserves are a much more integral part of the 
services, and it became much more comfortable 
for everyone." 

Terrorism has affected Roemer personally and 
unforgettably. For the past six years, she has served 
her two weeks of active duty each year at the Naval 
Command Center in Washington. On September 11, 
2001, she was on active duty in the Pentagon. She 
was relieved at 7:30 a.m. and arrived home just in 
time to watch the collapse of the World Trade 
Center on television. "Then the Pentagon was 
attacked," she says quietly. "The lieutenant com- 
mander who relieved me and approximately thirty 
others were killed in that space." Roemer spent the 
rest of the week providing casualty assistance to her 
colleague's family. "Basically, you go to the home of 
your lost officer and support his family in whatever 
way you can." 

The day after this heart-wrenching duty ended, 
Roemer got another call. Her trained cadaver dogs 
were needed to search for bodies at the Pentagon. 
She spent two gmeling weeks combing the wreckage 
for human remains. "I was thankful to be alive," she 
recalls, but "I was devastated by the loss of so many 
good friends who were such good people, as well as 
by the tremendous loss of life, in general. I remem- 
ber thinking what a waste of wonderful human life 
had resulted from 9-11 and that the perpetrators had 
the nerve to have done this in the name of God." 

After retirement, Roemer hopes to bring these 
and other intense life experiences to the table as a 
teacher. "A lot of what 1 know is practical, so by 
going back to school and getting my master's degree 
in criminal justice, I was able to really study the 
theories in the academic world and apply them to 
what I've learned over the years." 


supporting thE troops 

"Social work has really opened up the world to me," 
says Steven Jiggetts '88BS/H&S '90MSW. Seven 
days after graduating from VCU with his MSW, 
Jiggetts was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in 
the U.S. Army, the first officer in a proud military 
family. "VCU prepared me to do a host of things as a 
military social worker. I've done teaching, adminis- 
tration, research and counseling. VCU taught me 
about systems theory, which I can apply to help 
clients negotiate the vast military system and find 
the help they need." 

From 1992-95, Jiggetts was part of the Combat 
Stress Control Team at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 
His mission was to provide mental health support to 
soldiers preparing for or recovering from combat 
experience. In August 1993, he was sent to Somalia 
to support United Nations humanitarian efforts. 
Warlords were battling each other and hijacking 
convoys of food, water and supplies meant for the 
starving population. "Our primary goal was to 
prevent a mass human disaster there." When special 
operations forces were ambushed and received 
casualties, the humanitarian mission became a 
combat mission. Still, Jiggetts emphasizes the vital 
importance of renewing humanitarian efforts after 
this conflict. 

Local friendly leaders in Mogadishu helped the 
US troops find villages and neighborhoods that 
needed medical care. "Our medical and dental teams 
set up makeshift clinics under austere conditions" 
to immunize children, to do routine and preventive 
health care, to begin repairing infrastructure for 
clean water and electricity. "My community social 
work skills were best used on these operations to 
help identify vital community services — mainly 
food, water and shelter. 

"When we made the effort to go out into these 
wartom communities, there was a message to 
Somalians — particularly the warlords — that the U.S. 
was there to do good, not harm." While admitting 
that gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops also had its 
effect, Jiggetts is convinced that "humanitarian effort 
stopped the violence against U.S. troops. When we 
see others as people who need help, 'doing good' to 
your enemy can change the hearts and minds of 
those who want to harm you." 

He adds, "I know from media reports that efforts 
to rebuild infrastructure are going on in Iraq right 
now. The fighting gets the press; but aiding the 
people of Iraq is a large part of our Iraqi Freedom 

Jiggetts is now a civilian, directing the Fleet and 
Family Support Center at the Naval Surface Warfare 
Center in Dahlgren, Virginia. His agency prepares 
personnel for deployment to combat — and prepares 

"At the end of the day, it's not about politics," says Steven Jiggetts, a military social worker. 
"It's all about helping people." 

their families to support them. Social workers let families 
know what to expect before deployment. They help the 
spouse left behind to build necessary skills like financial 
management; they support families during the separation; 
and they counsel reunited families adjusting after long 

"You change when you've gone through an experience 
that the average person will never see," says Jiggetts. "You 
bring your experiences back home with you, and your 
spouse can't really relate because she — or he — hasn't been 
there." Meanwhile, the spouse at home "has become quite 
independent and taken on a new role." The family must 
make a new place for their returning vet, and the transition 
can be difficult. 

Each branch of the services has similar Family Support 
Centers. Besides helping families cope with deployment, the 
Navy's 54 Centers worldwide help in the aftermath of natural 
disasters and terrorist attacks. They work with agencies like 
the American Red Cross and FEMA to find information on 
the status of loved ones, and help coordinate emotional, 
financial and practical support services. 'Tor example, we are 
still following families hurt by the 9-11 Pentagon bombing, 
with grief counseling, relocation and rehabilitation finances, 
and retiaining." 

He adds, "People don't realize how much good work 
military social workers do. At the end of the day, it's not 
about politics. It's all about helping people." 

bUckhAwk up! 

Boris Becker '90BS 'OOMBA/B enlisted in the Virginia Army 
National Guard during his freshman year at VCU. Joining 
the military helped him pay for college, and it was an ideal 
student job. "I could ride my bicycle to drill in Sandston, earn 
money and enjoy a career in aviation," he recalls. "It was also 

FALL 9 2003 

good work experience and a chance to serve my country as 
others in my family did." 

Though he has a civilian career in information technolo- 
gy, Becker has spent a lot of time working for the Guard. He 
is trained as a Maintenance Test Pilot for Blackhawk heli- 
copters. His unit was activated in 1991 for Desert Storm, 
serving six weeks at Fort Rucker, Alabama. In 1999, the unit 
went to Bolivia to assist Air Force humanitarian missions; two 
years later they were deployed to Bosnia. In August 2002, 
Becker volunteered to go to Afghanistan with a medical evac- 
uation unit, and stayed until February 2003. 

"Flying in a combat environ- 
ment and experiencing others die 
matures a person," he observes. 
One night his crew responded to a 
helicopter crash in which four 
soldiers perished. "It was a 
sobering sight to see a Blackhawk 
twisted into the terrain." Another 
time, "my crew was launched to 
evacuate a soldier shot by a sniper. 
With three Apache helicopters pro- 
viding close air support, we got 
him out of a difficult situation." 

Humanitarian missions 
brought food, running water and 
medical care to people struggling 
in famine and poverty. Or the 
troops came with the U.N. to 
establish fundamental human 
rights. Seeing people without "all 
the basics we take for granted in 
the States" was a revelation. "These 
experiences are life-changing." 

Returning to the States from 
Afghanistan, Becker was glad to see 
"the spirit of America displayed on 
many bumper stickers and flags 
hanging in front of houses." As the 
U.S. entered Iraq in March, Becker described himself as "an 
ordinary average guy working hard to keep Blackhawk heli- 
copters flying to support whatever missions they are asked to 
do... tiansport patients, doctors, equipment, soldiers, etc." 
Like other military alumni, he sees himself as "a small part of 
that big picture, and that's the most 1 make of it." 

Becker is not bothered by encounters with anti-war pro- 
testors, and encourages others to "make an effort to see 
things from another's perspective, regardless if you agree or 
disagree." In the U.S., he points out, both supporters and pro- 
testors have the right to public expression. "Unlike many 
countries, America is a place where individuals and groups 
can voice their opinions without a real fear of being 
executed." And most people, he concludes, "take a littie extra 
time these days to thank soldiers, fire fighters and police 
officers for the daily work they do to uphold basic freedoms." 

PEACE niAil 

Boris Becker supplies grapes to a 

camp follower on base in 

Afghanistan. "Sometimes we'd give 

Mojo Fruit Loops. Sfie would eat all 

ttie yellow ones first and patiently 

wait for anotfier box. I guess she 

thought of them as bananas, but she 

would eat the other colors when she 

gothungry." A soldier had bought the 

monkey from an Afghan child, for 

"$10 and an ink pen." 

Paul Daddona '94BFA/A came to VCU with activist 
tendencies and applied all of them to adding sexual 
orientation to the University's non-discrimination 
policy. "President Trani probably still has a file three 
inches thick on me," he confesses. "Those were my 
real activist days back at VCU." 

Now Daddona, a freelance 
designer of graphics, furniture 
and interiors in California, is an 
email activist from home, widely 
distributing his thoughts and 
observations on current events. J \ 

"It's more prayer-based and ' pg^, ^^^^^^^ ^^^^^.[ 

pacifism-based than activism- "want to restart 

based," he says. "Still, it makes t^e Crusades." 

my point, and people generally 
read what I send them." He writes about his feelings 
in response to the war, his viewpoint as both a 
Christian and an American "not wanting to restart 
the Crusades." 

As the occupation continued in July, Daddona 
feared that Iraq would become "as devastating as 
Vietnam. More people have died since the declara- 
tion of the end of hostilities than during our preci- 
sion bombing of Iraq. No one will say exactly how 
long we will be entienched." he says. 

He comments that "President Bush is relying on 
our short attention span as he keeps changing direc- 
tion." Daddona wonders what happened to our 
main objective. "Is it the war on terrorism, or Bin 
Laden, or Afghanistan — or what? Now we have 
tioops waiting outside Liberia. How thin wUl we 
be stretched?" 

At home, "The terrorist buzz has heightened 
until we are numb to Homeland Security warnings, 
and I doubt that we are more prepared now than 
before 9-11." 

He feels that Americans seem to have lost sight of 
what's tmly important. "Everyone needs to return to 
basic human values of trust, honor and respect," he 
says. "The best place to make a change is always with 
yourself and then have others follow your example." 

pOEtS for PEACE 

Liz Canfield '97BA 'OIMFA/H&S teaches literatiire 
and writing at VCU and has been involved in social 
justice activism since her undergraduate days. She 
sees a direct link between her two passions. "If you 
look at the history of literature, written and oral, 
poets ttaditionaUy comment on issues of their tune. 
Movements for social justice from civil rights to 
labor to lesbian feminism have been linked to artistic 
expression. A more human society values lively 
artistic expression." 

In late January 2003, the poet Sam HamUI 
declined an invitation from Laura Bush to be part of 


a celebration of "Poetry and the American Voice." 
Instead, he invited fellow poets to send their work 
for a petition against the impending war in Iraq. 
When more than 1,500 poems arrived in four days, 
the poets set up a website to handle the enormous, 
unexpected response. Email flew around the world, 
local chapters sprang up, and soon Canfield and her 
friends Alyssa Murray '97BA/H&S and Alicia Waller 
were creating Richmond Poets Against the War 
around a coffee shop table. 

Five days later, there was standing room only at 
their first open reading. "What Poets Against the 
War has done is to take poetry out of the academy 
and coffeehouses and into the community," says 
Canfield. "In Richmond, we're a real cross-section of 
American culture — all ages, varying economic and 
educational levels, of European, Asian and African 

heritage. This is more than protest. These readings reflected 
our ideal worid. It's aesthetic expression as a community." 

Canfield finds much of the criticism of the protests 
incomprehensible. "We couldn't just sit in our houses and 
watch CNN and feel that was enough. That's why a lot of us 
were in the streets. That's how grassroots demoaacy works; 
people speak up." 

And, she says, "as soon as we started bombing Baghdad, 
opinion became really polarized. Suddenly if you were anti- 
war, you were anti-troops." Canfield argues that these 
protests are strongly pro-tioops, and that "anti-war move- 
ments are strongly linked to other struggles for social justice. 
When you look at who is on the front lines taking the 
bullets — the poor and minorities — and then look at who sent 
them, you see a microcosm of American oppressive struc- 
tures." She sees similar patterns in the people who work 
minimum-wage jobs and in the downsizing and outsourcing 

bEyond SEptEinbEr 11 

Anger and despair were some of the first 
reactions to the attacl<s on the World Trade 
Towers on September 1 1 , 2001 .Here are two 
VCU people who looked beyond that to 
learning, recovery and renewal. 

The Fazios. Ronald Jr., Janet, Rob, Ronald Sr. 
and Lauren. 

Hold the Door for Others 

Rob Fazio's father was among the thousands 
killed in the Towers that day. When you lose 
someone close to you, he says, "All of a 
sudden the number one is more powerful 
than any number you have ever written or 

Rob's father, Ronald Carl Fazio Sr., was 
one of the heroes of 9-11, calming 
co-workers on the 99th floor of Tower 2, 
holding the stairwell door until the last person 
left, cheering them on while they walked and 
walked down the stairs. Leaving the tower 
just as the second plane hit, he was appar- 
ently killed by falling debris. 

Fazio, his family and his father's friends 
wanted to do something to commemorate his 
heroic, loving and funny father. Remembering 
Ronald Fazio Sr., they realized that he had 
been metaphorically holding the door for 
others — ^for his children, his wife, his family, 
for friends and co-workers and strangers — 
all his life. Fazio is a PhD candidate in coun- 
seling psychology at VCU, and his focus 
quickly shifted to meeting the emotional 
needs of grieving families. 

He and his family and friends started a 
nonprofit foundation. Hold the Door for 
Others, to help victims of 9-1 1 and other 
families dealing with grievous loss. "Most 
important," he says, "to help them get what 
they need from a social and emotional per- 
spective." The Foundation's team of profes- 
sionals in counseling, clinical, social, sports 
and business psychology is helping people 
rebuild their lives. They've given away 2600 
free copies of the workbook. Living with Loss: 
the Journey through September 11th, and 
they've launched an interactive CD-ROM, 
Gaining from Loss: the Journey Continues. 

Foundation outreach and resources help 
people to share their sadness and contribute 
their own professional skills to help each 
other. "We have created a structured 
network of people who identify their areas 
of expertise, development and dreams. 
Focusing outward on others can give people 
a sense of relief from their own grief," Fazio 
explains, speaking from the heart of his 
own experience. 

On July 26, 2003, they presented the first 
Hold the Door Day, at Pace University, just 
north of New York City. Organizers distributed 
pamphlets and CD-ROMs and presented 
lectures on how to remain positive during 
intense grief, including simply sharing stories 
of loss with others who are grieving. "We are 
determined to teach the necessary life skills 
not only to survive, but to thrive after loss." 

In May, 2003, Fazio received the Student 
Award for Distinguished Service from the 
College of Humanities and Sciences for his 
outstanding service at VCU and to the 
broader community. On August 10 in Toronto, 
he was the first student ever to receive a 
presidential citation from the American 
Psychological Association, on behalf of the 
foundation team for their work. See more at . 

Out of the Ashes 

Julie Harvey '85BFA was a successful artist 
with a studio just a few blocks from the World 
Trade Center site. When the attacks filled her 
workspace with debris and she sawthe devas- 
tation around her, the first reaction was fury. 

Harvey had been making waves in the 
New York art scene by painting scandalous 
nudes of notorious art dealers. A week after 
the attacks, she began painting a scathing 
nude of Bin Laden. The powerful image has 
been emailed around the world and used by art 
critics addressing creative responses to terror- 

The attacks had also damaged Harvey's 
75-foot "Liberty Mural" on a building nearby. 
As the months passed, Harvey began sketching 
a replacement forthe mural. "It was very 
quiet" she recalls. "Nobody was allowed 
down here unless you lived here or had an ID. 
'In the Garden,' has a very somber yet hopeful 
mood, to try to inspire the entire world to 
bounce back and come out" 

In the Garden 

FALL 11 2003 

of the labor force. "Those who have power oppress those who 
don't, and this oppression is most violently played out 
through war." 

Canfield observes, "Activists only get press when there's 
conflict, but we're working 24/7/365." Canfield and other 
Richmond activists continue their siege of Richmond City 
Council to expand a living wage to city contract workers. 
She's active in the Richmond chapter of Food Not Bombs, 
whose signature action — both symbolic and real — ^is a meal 
for the community at 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon in 
Monroe Park. 


Jen Lawhome 'OIBSAIC studied journalism at VCU and 
worked for a summer at the Lynchburg News and Advance. 
But her growing activism led her away from a career in 
mainstream media, which she sees as "corporate-controlled 
and profit-driven. Too often it's just a mouthpiece for 
government propaganda." Now she supports herself as a 
substitute teacher while volunteering as a writer and editor 
for, a local branch of the 
international Independent Media Center. 

Although "I didn't get active until the end of my college 
career," Lawhome comments, "a lot of my classes helped me 
learn to think for myself." Her journalism professor, WUma 

Wirt, is still a model. "I think 
she's a phenomenal woman. I 
constantly apply the ethics, prin- 
ciples and style of journalism she 
taught me at VCU." 

Lawhome has been arrested 
twice at protests, but she would 
risk it again. "I believe in reason. 
In this time of — to me — insanity, 
people of conscience need to 
stand up and prevent our lives 
from being taken over." She 
believes that U.S. aggression in 
Iraq was patently unjust. "If we 
are for human rights and democ- 
racy in our own land," she states, 
"we should allow freedom for 
other people and not destmction 
of foreign lands with our 

She also feels that "our 
entering Iraq endangers Palestine 
even more." She worries that the war "distracts our attention 
so Israel can escalate its efforts to push Palestinians out." 

In August 2002, Lawhome and a small delegation from 
Richmond Food Not Bombs traveled to Israel. They intended 
to enter Palestine as part of the Intemational Solidarity 
Movement. They hoped to escort ambulances and civilians, 
dismantle roadblocks, and bear witness with their pens and 
cameras. Instead they were detained in the Tel Aviv airport 
for 12 hours and sent back to the U.S. 

"I believe in reason," says journalist 

Jen Lawhorne. "People of conscience 

need to stand up and prevent our lives 

from being taken over." 

Alicia Waller, Liz Canfield and Alyssa Murray organized Richmond Poets 
Against the War in February. "Poets traditionally comment on issues of their 
time," says Canfield. 

It sounds like a resounding anti-climax; but for 
Lawhome, "it was life changing. My detention in 
Israel was the first time I experienced state repres- 
sion, so naturally I was outraged by our treatment. 
We were never told why we were being detained, 
never informed of our rights. We were told that 
because we came to help Palestinian people, we were 
not allowed in the country. We were held in a deten- 
tion cell like criminals but at least they fed us, 
although I instantly went on hunger strike. I vowed 
to commit my life to stmggle, to a life of activism 
and speaking out." 

In September, Lawhome left for Argentina to 
do solidarity work for five months. "There's a lot 
going on there since their economy collapsed," 
she said. "The rise of democracy in Argentina and 
Latin American in general pushes me forward. I 
think I have a lot to learn down there and bring 
back home." 

thoughtful TESiStAllCE 

Jesse Rabinowitz '84MS '85PhD/H&S was raised in 
a liberal Jewish family with a strong teaching about 
injustice. "If memory serves," he says, "I attended 
peace marches against Vietnam, but I was very 
young." Rabinowitz became a clinical psychologist, 
first in private practice and later at a local non- 
profit family services agency. In the mid-1990s, 
he was spurred to activism by damage done in the 
field of mental health by what he perceived as 
corporate profit interests in managed care and huge 
hospital chains. 

Inspired by the work of Michael Lemer and 
Peter Gabel in Tikkiin magazine, Rabinowitz and 
a few like-minded people formed the Richmond 
Community for Ethics & Meaning. This local branch 
of the "politics of meaning" movement organized 
self-study, group discussions, and public education 
to promote a new bottom-line in American culture. 


"a bottom-line not of profit and power but of 
humanitarian, spiritual, and environmental 
concerns." Although the Richmond group is no 
longer active, Rabinowitz serves on the board of the 
National Foundation for Ethics & Meaning and con- 
tinues to be active in related causes, including 
protesting the War in Iraq through demonstrations 
and letters. 

"We've replaced outright colonialism and imperi- 
alism with a kind of corporate colonialism," says 
Rabinowitz. "It really offends me when the American 
public is led to believe that we hold the monopoly 
on what is good and right in the world, and then we 
do things that are not good and right." He deeply 
mistrusted U.S. motives for the war in Iraq. "A lot of 
us were suspicious that weapons of mass destruction 
and Saddam's oppression of his people were not the 
real reasons for this war." 

Events since the end of the war have done 
nothing to reassure him. "We have this growing 
conttoversy over the exaggerations about weapons 
of mass destruction, while no-bid, long-term 
contracts are handed to Halliburton, Cheney's 
former com-pany. Rabinowitz is also disttessed 
about the administtation's "belligerent, arrogant 
unwillingness to work with the United Nations," 
and the precedent we have set as a world leader by 
striking pre-emptively. 

As an active member of the Jewish community, 
Rabinowitz worries that what is happening in Iraq 
will further undermine any possibility of peace 
between Israelis and Palestinians. "What's going on 
in Iraq is simply going to inflame fundamentalist 
Islam and give them more reasons to see the U.S. as 
an imperialist nation," he says. "It's easy for the rest 
of the world to view us as pursuing our own narrow 
interests, with Israel as our Middle East base. 

Whether or not 
that is true, it's 
painful to me." 

'mindful pAtriotism' 

Janett Forte '87BS/H&S '92MSW has been working for 17 
years for victims of violence against women. For six years, she 
has coordinated the Chesterfield County Domestic Violence 
Resource Center. Her concerns about the war and occupation 
in Iraq are rooted in her daily work. "My 
understanding of violence and oppression 
has evolved, linking it to racism and 
sexism. The next step is to connect those 
issues on a larger scale," she explains. 

As the war in Iraq loomed. Forte felt 
increasingly sad and frustiated. She joined 
a small group of neighbors in Hanover 
County near Richmond to form an anti- 
war group to mobilize the local commu- 
nity. "Doing something and joining with 
other folks made it more possible to cope 
with something that feels so wrong," 
says Forte. Hanover Citizens for Peace 
organized weekly peace vigils and hosted 
educational forums. "Our goal is not to 
persuade people to think like us," Forte 
insists, "just to tiiink." 

Forte also sees great value in simply standing up for her 
beliefs. "There's something very different about privately 
having an opinion or a value, versus standing out there on 
the stteet where people are giving you the finger — and still 
remaining firm and public in your beliefs." She is ttoubled 
that many see her stand as unpatriotic. "I saw an interview 
with a dissenter who called the antiwar protests 'mindful 
patriotism' — instead of what I think of as 'blind patriotism,' 
which I think has happened with the propaganda and media 
response. People were reacting without thinking, making 
uninformed decisions. 

"I want to be clear that being against the war absolutely 
does not mean that I don't support the ttoops," Forte 
concludes. "My heart goes out to those who are out there 
in danger and fighting for us. So many of them are so young. 
It weighs heavily on my heart when I hear the stories and 
the losses and what the families are going through." 

JanettForte joined with 
neighbors to form Hanover 
Citizens for Peace to provide 
information and encourage 
fellow citizens to think about 
the war in Iraq. 

Psychologist Jesse Rabinowitz feels 

the war in Iraq will only "inflame 

fundamentalist Islam and give them 

more reasons to see the U.S. as an 

imperialist nation." 

n A dEmocrACY, thE citiZEiis chooSE thE dirECtion And thE vaIues of 
thEir country. And dEmocrACiES, IiRe uniVErsitlES, ape dESignsd to 
hEAr multiplE VOICES, diffEPEnt opinions. THese Alumni Have drAwn 
on thEir VCU EduCAtion to mAkE dElibErAtE And thoughtful dECisions 
About thEir AmEriCAn way of lifE And U.S. impAa on liVES Around 
thE world. WhAtEVEr thEir choiCES, thEv Are aII pAtriots. 

Joriel Foltz is a Richmond freelance writer who 
writes frequently for VCU ahinini magazines. 

FALL 13 2003 



Solving puzzles, the 

thrill of the deal, all the 

ice cream you can eat, 

polishing a gem of a family business — specific motivations vary. 

But every one of the CEOs in our story is exhilarated and absorbed 

by the daily and big-picture challenges of managing a business 

and leading customers to excellent solutions. 


Julian Banton '65BS/B 

Cliair of the Board and CEO ofSouthTmst Bank, 
President and COO ofSouthTnist Corporatiott 

Julian Banton leads SouthTmst Bank in 
Binningham, the 1 7th largest commercial bank in 
the U.S., operating in nine states. SouthTrust is a 
Forbes Platinum 400 company, with $50 billion in 
assets. Although its focus is commercial banking, the 
corporation also provides a wide range of financial 
services to 1.5 million customers. 

The presidents of the bank's six divisions report to 
Banton. "Each is responsible for a particular segment of 
the business. For example, the corporate division holds 
the majority of the bank's assets and manages all finan- 
cial services offered to business with sales of more than 
$15 million and all services to the real estate industry," 
he explains. "The general bank division, where most of 
our employees are, supervises our system of more than 
700 branches and 800 ATMs. Our board of directors 
provides the oversight. They give me advice, counsel and 

Of course, Banton didn't start at the top. After high 
school and the Army, "I thought I wanted to be an 
engineer and build things like bridges," he smiles. He 
enrolled in a coop engineering program between RPI 
(now VCU) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Faced 
with the coursework in his chosen field, "I was disap- 
pointed," he says. "1 didn't feel like 1 had that much 

An advisor recommended 
business school — "a good fit," 
Banton says. "I finished at RPI in 
less than four years." Dr. Pierce 
Lumpkin, head of RPI's Economics 
Department and consultant to Bank 
of Virginia and the Federal Reserve, 
sparked Banton's interest in 
banking. "He fascinated me," 
Banton recalls. "I never thought 
that I made a mistake in choosing 
my career." 

Banton is prepared to direct any 
aspect of the bank's operations. In 17 years at Bank of 
Virginia, "1 learned much of what I know." He moved to 
Birmingham Tmst National Bank (now SouthTrust) in 
1982. "I worked my way up through banking," he says, 
from commercial lending right into the CEO's office. As 
a leader, he works to create an environment where 
employees strive for excellence, measured against 
achievement and goals. "We analyze why a project or a 
service is more or less successful than we planned." 

Successes are many. A leader in commercial real estate 
lending in the Southeast, SouthTrust has one of the most 
advanced online web-based cash management systems in 
the country, making it highly competitive in handling 
large corporate business. The company's sustained 
growth has made it the largest bank in Alabama. "So we 
have been very involved in development in Alabama and 
the entire region, in partnership with other lenders. 
These enormous projects are too big for a single bank to 
finance," Banton explains. In 2001 and again in 2002, 


SouthTrust lent $2-2.5 billion for projects, mostly in the 
Southeast. Two cunent projects are The Summit, a major 
upscale shopping mall in Birmingham; and the Atlantic 
Station project in Atlanta. 

The recently opened Summit is an "open mall," with 
shops outdoors rather than enclosed, a growing trend, 
especially in warm Southern cities. SouthTrust is the lead 
lender to the $90 million project. 

Atlantic Station, being built in the heart of 
downtown Atlanta, will reclaim the site of a 100-year-old 
Atlantic Steel Company foundry which closed only in 
1997. "This developer was able to resolve the environ- 
mental issues," Banton says. "SouthTrust has lent $80 
million to develop the infrastructure. We are the lead 
bank, and along with AIG (American International 
Group) are helping bring other lenders into it." Over a 
ten-year, $2 billion buUdout, the mixed use development 
will include offices, retail, residential and hotels. 

It seems the would-be engineer is a builder after all. 


Fenton Hord 74 MS/B 

President and CEO of Stock Building Supply 

Talk about executive perks. As president of Eskimo Re 
Corp., Fenton Hord ate ice cream every day. Although he 
left the corporation in 1987 to become president and 
CEO of Carolina Builders (now Stock Building Supply), 
there's still a place for ice aeam in his day. "It's a / 
habit I haven't given up," he chuckles. / 

Hord graduated from VCU with a straight- ( 
forward goal — "to make enough money to 
live on." Today his goal is his company's— 
"to be and continue to be the best at 
supplying the professional contractor 
with building materials and services." 

SBS's parent company, 
Wolseley pic, is British. "Eight 
of our nine board meetings a 
year are in England," 
Hord says. "I also travel 
a great deal visiting 
branches and 
locations and 
looking at new 

businesses to acquire." When Hord came onboard, 
the company had seven locations, all in North Carolina, 
and $100 million in sales. For 16 years, Hord has aggres- 
sively sought out the best suppliers of materials and 
installation services. 

SBS can provide services from design to installation, 
and tools from eight different lines. Components include 
basics like dimensional lumber, 
sheetrock, wainscoting, laminated 
beams, roof and floor trusses; and 
vinyl, wood and cement fiber siding. 
There are myriad decks and fences, 
doors and windows; and a dizzying 
and splendid assortment of custom- 
milled stairs, spiral or straight, wood 
and wrought iron. And much of it 
can be installed by SBS companies. 
Today, with 225 locations in 25 
states and revenues of $3 billion. 
Stock is the largest supplier of materi- 
als and services to professional home builders and 
contractors in the United States. 

After providing the best service to customers, "I'm 
oriented toward making sure shareholders are getting a 
good return for their investment. I try to steer and lead 
this organization around the many potholes that are 
out there for business today. " 

Stiategic planning and flexible tactics are the key. 
"You have to build the right organization by putting 
the right people in place and looking out into the 
business world and anticipating what's on the 
horizon that will influence our business." 
A recent fundamental change in the 
housing market is the consolidation of 
builders. Large production builders are 
gobbling up smaller businesses and 
market share. "That consolidates 
the customer mix," Hord explains. 
"We don't have as many 
customers, but we have 
larger-volume customers 
like Centex and 
D. R. Horton." 

"Construction is a cyclical business," Hord 
comments. "It moves and changes with the economy. 
It's a challenge to be a step ahead of competitors." Where 
is the cycle now? Harvard's Joint Center for Housing 
Studies forecasts a strong housing market for the next 10 
years, he says. "The housing market has held up well 
despite a tough economic environment. That's due to 
low-interest mortgage rates," Hord explains. "Most of the 
houses being purchased are for first-time buyers, or they 
are step-up homes. The high-end home market is still 
very soft." 

VCU prepared him to keep growing the business, 
whether it's ice cream or siding and countertops. "The 
courses were well done. Even back in the '70s, the 
graduate program was a hidden jewel in Richmond. 
Leonard Berry, head of the marketing department, was 
one of those people I put to task helping me get a per- 
spective of what business and life are all about." 

A member of the MCV Foundation Board, Hord says, 
"I'm very involved in the support of brain cancer and 
brain tumor research. It's a great Board. They have done 
a great job of building the Foundation's resources." 


Glenn Davis '86BS/B 

President and CEO, BranCore Techtiologies 

"There's a thin line between making it and not making 
it out here," says Glenn Davis, who started BranCore 
Technologies three years ago. With a client list that 
includes First Health Services Corp, Owens & Minor Inc. 
and the Commonwealth of Virginia, Davis and BranCore 
are making it. It's an added incentive for excellence and 
ethics that he named the company for his children, 
Brandon and Courtney. 

Recently Davis was a finalist to receive the IBM 
Leadership Award for Richmond. "It says a lot to be in 

that mix — 160 nominations — about the hard work 
we have done," Davis comments. He was also VCU's first 
Information Systems Department Alumnus of the Year, 
in 1990. 

Davis didn't set out to become a player in informa- 
tion technology. He started at VCU as a piano major but 
switched to information systems — quite a segue. He 
became a coop student, working and going college. 

"I had a go-for job," he says. "Instead of looking at 
it as a negative, I saw it as an opportunity to learn the 
jargon. It helped me when I went on my first interview." 
A month after graduation, Davis began as a programmer 
at Richfood (now part of Super Value, Inc.), moving next 
to Broughton Systems Inc. (now Venturi Technology 
Partners) as a consultant. 

"I was negotiating and coordinating projects as an 
account manager for clients like Trigon and the Federal 
Reserve." Leveraging his experience and contacts, Davis 
opened BranCore in March 2000. "It's all about network- 
ing and integrity," Davis explains, talking about the basis 
for his company. 

Davis is still finding new customers. "Eighty percent 
of my business is in the business development area; 20 
percent is finding individuals who can perform the work. 
I enjoy helping folks find opportunities and jobs." In 
August, BranCore received minority business certification 
with the state of Maryland and placed 13 employees 
with the state. 

One of Davis's recruiters is a recent VCU graduate, 
Sonia Marfatia '02BS/B. "I brought her on board to 
understand the IT environment," he explains. "After 
three months I promoted her to recruiter. She is getting 
a wealth of knowledge." 

A member of the School of Business Alumni Board, 
Davis says he learned a lot about interpersonal skills at 
VCU. "Dr. Quincy Moore, director of academic support, 
recognized my talents and made me the head of his 

student mentoring 
program. I learned how 
to talk to people and 
understand their needs. 
VCU also gave me the 
technical skills 
I needed." 

Even though his 
pathway strayed from 
music, Davis never left 
his first love. He is the 
music director for St. 
Paul's Baptist Church. 
"When my work in the 
IT field gets too hectic," 
he says, "I take time out 
and play the piano." 



Jane Watkins 75BS/B 

President, Virginia Credit Union 

Jane Watkins loves putting puzzles together-literally and 
figuratively. At home, "It's hard to walk by the big Vir- 
ginia puzzle and not want to put a few more pieces in." 

From her time at VCU, accounting and finance have 
been equally compelling. "It is a science, a way to figure 
out the answer," she explains. Jackie Williams 79MS/B, 
who taught Accounting 101, encouraged Watkins to 
enter the field, and she is grateful. "I really enjoy 
accounting," she says, "And when I was in school, 
computer science was just another puzzle." 

"I also enjoyed economics and statistics," she contin- 
ues. "Stafisfics was one of my favorites because it taught 
me how to reach quantifiable estimates when there was 
no exact answer. I liked accounting because the theory 
gives you a basis you can apply to most situations. When 
you understand the theory, you can apply it to 

Watkins has been president of Virginia Credit Union 
(VACU) since 2000. She first became aware of the Credit 
Union when she was working in pubUc accounting and 
VACU was a client. "I was really intrigued with the 
enthusiasm that manager Dot Hall and the whole staff 
had in doing their work," she recalls. "I noticed the 
tremendous difference in their approach-they seemed 
enamored. These people really wanted to do something 
good for other people." 

When she heard that VACU was looking for an 
accounting manager, she applied right away and was 
offered the job on her first interview. Now Watkins 
oversees all aspects of the Credit Union, and promotes 
the Credit Union's mission: to improve the financial 
health of its members. 

"We want to empower people to control their own 
financial lives," she explains. "We feel that if you provide 
the tools and the understanding of how financial services 
work, people can make their own decisions." The Credit 
Union presents seminars for first-time homebuyers and 
offers personal financial management. VACU also 
teaches "financial Literacy" in elementary and high 
schools as well as for new college students. 

"When students first get out there on their own, they 
might blow half their monthly funds on CDs the first 
night. We show them how to plan for expenses and 
budget. We push the idea of saving for what you want 
and not just using credit cards for everything." A credit 
card with a low limit, around $500, she says, is a good 
way for young people to get used to keeping track of 

their charges and paying them off each month. (The 
VCU Alumni Association offers students a low-interest, 
low-limit credit card.) 

Individual finance, Watkins comments, is moving 
more and more toward automation, partly because it is 
more efficient, and legal time limits for processing finan- 
cial transactions are getting shorter. In June both houses 
of Congress passed bills to allow check truncation. This 
would allow financial institu- 
tions the option of processing 
checks electronically between 
institutions instead of moving 
the actual paper checks 
through the clearing process. 
(Since credit unions began 
offering checking accounts in 
1977, they have always trun- 
cated checks, keeping them 
rather than returning them in 
members' statements.) 

Some stores already process 
the check right there at the 
register — turning it into an 
electronic debit. "This provides 
immediate funds for the merchant, and the funds come 
immediately from the customer's account." The ubiqui- 
tous debit card is another mode of electronic payment 
that deducts funds immediately from a consumer's 
account. Watkins recommends that consumers using a 
debit card check receipts for accuracy and keep them, 
record amounts, and keep a running balance in their 
check register. 

As the payment system moves toward no checks, 
there's one familiar cash management technique we 
can't bank on anymore. Many of us lament the loss of 
the "float," that space to write a check on Friday against a 
paycheck deposit on Monday. Although this may have 
been useful, it was always illegal. Writing a check when 
you know the funds are not in your account is fraud, and 
very soon it will be impossible. 

Another pressure to automate the financial system is 
security. "After 9-11," Watkins explains, "electronic pro- 
cessing seemed less vulnerable to disruprion by terrorists 
than paper checks moving from one Federal Reserve 
Bank to another. In recent years there has also been a big 
increase in fraud — identity theft and counterfeit checks." 

The Credit Union offers members many resources to 
help them manage their finances in a changing world. As 
Watkins outlines the "unpaper" frail, it's easy to imagine 
how every day, Watkins and VACU are making personal 
finances much less puzzling for more than 150,000 
members across Virginia. 

'We want to empower people to control their own financial lives. We feel that 
if you provide the tools and the understanding of how services work, people 
can make their own decisions." 


FALL 17 2003 


Torrence Hoover '88BS/B 
President, Hoover and Strong 

There was never any doubt in 
Torrance Hoover's mind about his 
career. He was bom to it. His family 
has been in business for four gener- 
ations— 90 years of manufacturing 
for the jewelry industry. 

Hoover's great-grandfather 
started the business in 1912, col- 
lecting plattnum filaments from 
used industrial light bulbs and refining the platinum. 
From there, he began refining gold and other precious 
metals. The family started making mill products— gold 
and silver sheets and wires for jewelers. Eventually, the 
company ventured into findings, standardized jewelry 
parts. "We make thousands of settings— marquise, 
round, pear, princess, etc.— in all the shapes and sizes 
from one-eighth carat to four carats," Hoover says. "We 
sell to jewelers throughout the United States." 

Hoover started a double apprenticeship, working full 
time in the family factory and inching toward a VCU 
degree in business administration. It took Hoover 10 
years to finish his degree. "To run a business, you need a 
little human resources, a little advertising — a little of 
everything. That's how I benefited from going to VCU." 
Each semester, Hoover would tell the plant manager 
about his great ideas from class. "It got to the point that 
he would say, 'What course are you taking this semester 
so I can anticipate what you will come up with next.' It 
got to be a joke to him." 

But "what I learned in class this week" was no joke. 
In one class, Hoover's group had to write a paper on 
starting a company. He talked the group into buying 
a findings company to expand their business. "We 
evaluated the companies in the jewelry industry," 
Hoover recalls. "We chose Baker Fendt Findings, but at 
that point none of the companies were for sale. About 
five years later, Hoover and Strong actually bought the 
company my group had picked for the paper. A lot of 
my education was a big influence on how I manage the 
company today." 

Two years ago. Hoover became president of Hoover 
and Strong. He remembers taking a couple of jewelry 
classes at VCU. "Everyone was asking 'Who is this guy in 
a tie and jacket?' I did my first project in gold, a pendant, 
and again they were asking 'Who is this guy?'" (Those 
who weren't murmuring, "Hmm, cool pendant.") 

"Finally, I had to let on who I worked for, and then I 
became fast friends with everybody. I still have a great 
relationship with Jim Meyer in the Crafts Department." 


Max Narro '85BA/H&S '96MBA 

Business Unit President for Fiserv, Inc. 

Max Narro is business unit president for Fiserv, Inc. in 
Orlando. In 2002, the company provided $2.3 billion in 
information management systems and services to 14,000 
clients worldwide, including banks, credit unions, 
broker-dealers, investment advisers, insurance companies 
and agents, and retailers like Dell Computers. 

Narro is convinced that his VCU philosophy degree 
has made him a successful businessman. "Business is all 
about human interaction, understanding behavior and 
knowing how to communicate," he says. "It's all about 
problem solving by gathering data, analyzing the data, 
and communicating the solution. I'm a logical thinker, 
and I enjoy interacting with others. 

"The logic and 
analytical courses 
that I took as an 
undergraduate were 
invaluable," he 
explains. "I 
sttengthened my 
problem solving 
skills through my 
philosophy educa- 
tion. At Fiserv, we 
offer technology 
solutions to the financial industiy. There's always an 
opportunity to improve processes and make a client's 
current technology more efficient, which increases value 
for their employees, clients and shareholders." 

Adding an MBA to a philosophy BA made a good 
combination. "As an undergraduate, I learned to think 
out of the box more than I had in the past. In the 
MBA program, I could refresh and refine my tools and 
overhaul my management skills. VCU was a great 

''Business is all about human interaction, understanding behavior and 
knowing how to communicate. It's all about problem solving by gathering 
data, analyzing data, and communicating the solution." 


S H A 


Narro was chief credit officer and assistant treasurer at 
Southern States before Fiserv recruited him five years ago 
to be vice president of operations. "I went on to become 
vice president of sales and marketing and then business 
unit president." 

Nano's unit at Fiserv specializes in providing credit 
management solutions upon which companies can build 
private-label, revolving, bankcard and installment credit 

"Many of the institutions we work with are credit 
card companies that provide financial services to the 
consumer," Nano says. "We provide the necessary tech- 
nology for those services." 

Now, Nano gets his out-of-box time cycling, often 
with his wife, Leah Narro. "I do a lot of off-road 
mountain biking and road cycling. "I really enjoy it and 
it is a great stress reliever." And it helps keep the creative 
wheels turning out solutions for his customers. 


Larry Fentris 79MBA 

President, Anderson & Strudwick Investment Corp. 

"My job is like a roller coaster. My work is full of maneu- 
vering, structuring and negotiations. I deal with excep- 
tionally bright people who are heads of companies. 
Many are self-made millionaires." 

In urgent sentences, Larry Fentriss talks about his job 
from his cell phone. For 25 years, he has been putting 
deals together. "I'm rarely in the office. I'm always on the 
go." His expertise in banking mergers and acquisitions 
was honed at Crestar Bank where Fentriss's program 
rated fifth nationally in financial services transactions, 
and at Baxter Fentriss & Co., a leading national banking 
dealmaker, before he became president of Anderson & 
Strudwick Investment Corp. in January, 2003. 

It figures that what he remembers from his VCU days 
is great networking. "The connections and the people 
you ran into were amazing. One of my professors was the 
head of Wheat First Securities in Richmond." 

Fentriss began his career wdth United Virginia Bank 
(Crestar) in 1977, in operations. A year later, he moved 
into corporate planning for the bank — which meant, 
among other things, mergers and acquisitions. "I went 
out and learned the business and moved up through the 
ranks." He helped form Crestar's investment banking 
arm in 1985. 

At Anderson & Strudwick, Fentriss explains, "We're a 
full-service investment banking organization. I focus on 
bringing investment banking products to companies in 
the financial services sector." He wants banks to see A&S 
as a one-stop shop for investment banking needs. 

In January, he told interviewers at financial informa- 
tion firm SNL Financial, "My goal is to be in the top five 




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or ten in the 
country in [numbers 
of bank] deals, and I 
want to do it in two 
years or less," To do 
that, he's reunited 
his team from 
Baxter Fentriss — 
including A&S vice 
president and VCU 
alumna Kristi 
Briggs '92BS/B. 
Associate Dan 
Cushman will finish 
his MBA at VCU in 
December. With 
proven, experienced 
players on board, 
"We've been able to 
hit the ground 
running," he says. 

Most of 
Fentriss's experience 

is with community banks. A&S has often raised capital 
for client banks, in trust-preferred securiries and common 
stock. Fentriss is pushing for even more of these deals, 
which, he told SNL Financial, "produce great returns for 
the retail base of the firm." 

To find all those new deals, Fentriss will be relying on 
his own network of contacts in the mid-Atlantic, 
Southeast and parts of the West Coast, as well as 
"ramping up" A&S's research division to track banking 
more intensely, especially community banks. 

He's looking for more negotiations like a memorable 
deal he made for the Bank of Tidewater. "The clients 
were wonderful people, easy to work with. All the pieces 
fell together and we got an extraordinary price for the 

Fentriss is a man who will keep that adrenaline 
flowing. "The worst moment is when the deal is done 
and the ride is over. You have to go out and get another 
deal. The thrill of putting the deal together is the driver 

For all the CEOs in our story, whether their field is 
banking, building, IT or manufacturing, the satisfaction 
of leading a company is in watching the big picture take 
shape — and knowing just where this supplier, or that 
market, or these IT services fit in. 

foan Tupponce is a Richmond freelance writer and 
the editor o^Scarab magazine for aluwni ofVCU's 
MCV Campus. 

FALL 19 2003 


Jlearia ^ipnaoei uoup 

VCU's School of Education has 
produced many of Virginia's teachers 
for generations; in April this year, 
VS. News and World Report ranked 
the School 39th of 1,500 teaching 
colleges. In 2001-02, the School took 
In $302,000 m grants per faailty 
mernber. "Only one of the top 50 
Schools of Education had a higher 
average," points out Dr. William 
Bosherjr. '69MEd, the School's 

The School is also emerging as a 
leader in educational policy. An 
alphabet soup of VCU-affUiated 
centers and institutes gives food for 
thought and learning to K-12 

teachers, princi- 
pals and students 
in Virginia and 
beyond. "VCU's 
School of 
Education has 
become a local, 
regional, and 
national hub for 
research and 
practice on a 
range of issues 
that include dis- 
abilities, language 
development and educational leader- 
ship," says Bosher. "We are 
becoming a trusted source for insight 
into the issues confronting legisla- 
tors, school board members, admin- 
istrators and teachers. 1 see it this 
way," he adds. "The School of 
Education is a bridge between the 
policy makers and the classroom." 
These Centers also make finan- 
cial sense in times of deep budget 
cuts, Bosher points out. "As we get 
fewer higher education funds from 
the state, one way we can sustain our 
programs is to use profit mechanisms 
in a public environment. Through 

Dr. William Bosher Jr. 

Feeds K-12 




— and Students 

projects for state and local agencies 
and school systems, the Centers typi- 
cally pay their own way." 

Many of us cringe at the phrase 
"school policy," recalling high 
school years when the most desirable 
objectives always seemed to be 
"against school policy." But don't 
think dress codes and detention, 
think supports for learning, 
grounded in research. "The SOL 
(Standards of Learning) program is a 
policy. Vouchers are a policy," 
Bosher says. 

School policy comes from a 
variety of sources — public opinion, 
parents, school boards, state boards 
of education and legislatures. It's 
complicated machinery — and Bosher 
understands it well. Before taking 
over as dean two years ago, he had 
been superintendent of Henrico and 
then Chesterfield County Public 
Schools. As Virginia State 
Superintendent of Public Instruction, 
he helped design the Standards of 
Learning. In 2000, Virginia was one 
of the first states to establish stan- 
dards, even before the mandate of 
the federal No Child Left Behind Act 
of 2001. 

Who Will Carry the Standards? 

As dean of the School of Education, 
Bosher works closely with Dr. Jo 

Lyime DeMary '72MEd, Virginia's 
first woman superintendent of 
public instruction, to solve problems 
so students can learn more and 
better. DeMary and VCU are collabo- 
rating "on several programs to better 
prepare teachers and school leaders," 
she says. The collaboration is a 
natural, according to DeMary's 
former deputy superintendent, Dr. 
Ken MagiJl '65BS/B '69MS/E. "On 
the campus in dovmtown 
Richmond," says Magill, "we are 
located at the seat of state govern- 
ment — where the action is." 

Like many other states, DeMary 
explains, "Virginia has large numbers 
of principals and superintendents 
reaching retirement. And the role of 
educational leadership is changing 
v«th standards and accountability." 

With help from VCU's state- 

Policy Institute 
(CEPI), Virginia 
applied for and 
got a State Action 
for Educational 
Project (SAELP) 
grant from the 
DeWitt Wallace 
"SAELP is certain 
to reform the preparation of educa- 
tional leaders for the 21st century," 
says DeMary. Virginia was one of 15 
states chosen from 30 states that 

CEPI is coordinating the 
$250,000 grant, which has led to the 
Fairfax School District receiving a 
Leadership for Education 
Achievement in Districts (LEAD) 
grant, worth $1 million a year for the 

Dr. ]o Lytine DeMary 



next five years. "Through SAELP, 
VCU has become part of a national 
network studying policy and practice 
in educational leadership," Bosher 

Magill also worked on the SAELP 
grant. With that funding, he says, 
"we're looking at the environment 
for school administrators, to see 
what might make people hesitate to 
go into administration." Some of 
those barriers might be laws, regula- 
tions or policies that limit a princi- 
pal's authority. "Principals now are 
held accountable for the academic 
performance of students in their 
schools; but they don't always have 
the authority to do things that will 
help students improve. In some 
localities, for example, principals 
don't have the final say in who is on 
their staff." 

He adds, "The salary increase for 
moving into administration isn't 
usually a significant amount. For 
many teachers, it's not enough to 
make up for the added hassles. The 
SAELP study may uncover more diffi- 
culties, and then we can make some 

VCU has had a special focus on 
identifying and training educational 

leaders since the late 1980s when 
school superintendents realized that 
something more had to be done. 
Talent, energy and good wiU just 
aren't enough for good teachers to 
become masters, for teachers to 
make the leap to principal, to super- 
intendent. "They came to the School 
of Education and said, 'Will you help 
us find our future leaders?'" says edu- 
cational consultant Dr. Mary Ann 
Wright '84MEd '97PhD/Ed. 

With Virginia State University, 
VCU began the Central Virginia 
Leadership Academy (CVLA). The 
Academy's Professional 
Enhancement Program (PEP) is 
designed to sharpen the abilities of 
principals, graduate students on the 
administrative track, lead teachers, 
and people going into education as a 
second career. The program takes a 
flexible 24 hours — one day a week 
for a month, or concentiated 
weekends. "PEP ttains them to think 
on their feet," says Wright, a former 
director of CVLA. 

Stephen Covert '96MEd, princi- 
pal of Ni River Middle School in 
Spotsylvania, Virginia, has been 
through the program and now trains 
prospective administiators. "My first 
administtative role model is a VCU 
alumnus. He led by example, and set 
high standards for himself and for 
others. He took every decision with 
respect to a clear vision he had, and 
weU-articulated to others. I'm proud 
to say my mentor is my father, 
Bemice Covert III '81MEd, who was 
principal of the Spotsylvania Career 
and Techmical Center for many 

Covert and his father were ready 
for challenges because VCU "framed 
our courses in the context of real- 
worid settings and examples." And 
so does CVLA. 

The program includes eight 
hours of intense, timed simulation 
activities. "In the real worid, you 
don't have unlimited time," says 
Covert. "You make the best choices 
you can in the time you have." 

For In Basket, "we pepper them 
with a variety of issues that an 
administtator might face in a day." 

Twenty rapid-fire desktop challenges 
in 90 minutes throws participants 
one problem after another — 
anything from hearing out angry 
parents to finding a gun in a child's 

"They have glassy eyes at the 
end," adds Wright. 

Participants also work in leader- 
less groups, appear before hypotheti- 
cal school boards, and write and 
evaluate school improvement plans. 
Activities are videotaped and docu- 
mented, and participants are evaluat- 
ed on 14 leadership skills like 
judgment, sensitivity, and oral and 
written communication. All the 
information is fed into a computer. 

More Than K-l2 

Centers affiliated with the VCU School of 
Education provide research and technical assis- 
tance to schools and communities. 

Partnership for Peopfe with Disabilities works 
with disability service providers, K-1 2 schools and 
school divisions, universities, professional organi- 
zations, and state and local agencies to expand 
opportunities to people with disabilities and 
families. The federal Administration on 
Developmental Disabilities has recognized the 
Partnership as a university centerfor excellence 
in the field. The Partnership operates over 20 
federal and state programs, with a staff of more 
than 100 professionals and students. 

Training and Technical Assistance Center 

(T/TAC) supports better educational opportunities 
i and success for children and youth with disabili- 
ties and young children with disadvantages or at- 
risk for school failure. VCU T/TAC offers quality 
training and technical assistance in response to 
local, regional and state needs. 

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center 
(RRTC) conducts research and training on disabil- 
ity issues and return-to-work strategies. RRTC's 
Benefits Planning and Resource Center (BARC), 
provides regional technical assistance and 
training to the Benefits Planning Assistance and 
Outreach Programs funded under the Ticket to 
Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act of 
1999. "When someone from anywhere in the U.S. 
calls with a technical question about Social 
Security disability benefits, they're talking to 
someone from the VCU School of Education," 
says Dean William Bosher Jr. 

FALL 21 2003 

Quality Time. The principal's office is obviously not a dire place for Ryan Coddington and 
Anderson, sharing mthustasms with Principal Stephen Covert at Ni Middle School. 


and, in the end, students get a 
detailed report about their strengths 
and weaknesses. 

The state is now mandating 
teacher mentoring programs," says 
Wright, "and mentoring and 
coaching would be a natural place 
for PEP to expand. But to create 
more programs, CVLA needs more 

"Go to the principal's office." 

"Professors who demonstrate a 
genuine interest in our education 
and growth are a hallmark of VCU," 
says Covert. He and Ken Magill, now 
on VCU's graduate faculty teaching 
educational leadership, are two of 

In K-12, the middle school block 
is notorious. Just as the curriculum 
gets harder, students are whipsawed 
by hormones and social angst (and a 
kind of sleeping sickness). Covert is a 
calm center in a storm. "Students at 
this age need definite boundaries, 
and crave predictability." 

He continues, "Adolescent 
learners also must be sunounded by 
educators who understand that 
sometimes the student who is the 
most difficult to love is the one who 
needs that love the most. Aside from 

the most severe cases, administrators 
need latitude in crafting behavioral 
: modificahon plans that work for 
each chUd, in cooperation with 
parents. Educating a child — in the 
social, emotional, cognitive and 
physical aspects — is really a team 
effort," he stresses. 

That's why Magill tells prospec- 
j five principals, "be sure you have all 
• the facts before you make decisions, 
and that you listen to people. When 
parents come in feeling their child 
has been wronged in some way, you 
have to just listen at first, without 
interrupting to defend your position. 
You have to let them ventilate. 
When you begin to talk, separate the 
child as a person from the behavior. 
You need to show them that you, 
too, care about their child. 'But this 
is a behavior that we need to work 
on together.'" 

Magill adds another duty of the 
school leader. "A principal must 
create an environment that's nurtur- 
ing and safe, physically and emo- 
honaUy, for students and for faculty 
and staff. If the teachers and staff 
don't feel good about things, it will 
be impossible for a principal to 
implement his goals. It's important 
to set expectations and then give 

people the opportunity to 
meet them; don't keep 
changing the expectations 
as you get close to them." 
Creating that support- 
ive space is difficult. As a 
private consultant, Magill 
works with Visiting 
International Faculty, a 
cultural exchange program 
that recruits highly quali- 
fied teachers from 42 
countries for Virginia 
school districts. 
"Unfortunately," he says, 
"many of them find that 
their biggest culture shock 
is classroom discipline. 
Teachers in the U.S. don't 
have the respect and 
esteem that foreign 
teachers do, and that's a 

Severe state budget 
cuts make a principal's job a lot 
harder. Covert comments acerbical- 
ly. "I think any administrator would 
say that maintaining a highly moti- 
vated faculty — ready on a daily basis 
to provide engaging and challenging 
lessons to students — in the face of 
unfounded criticisms and outdated 
state funding formulae is a daunting 
task — not to mention unfunded and 
often contradictory federal 

In this climate. Covert is particu- 
lariy grateful for PEP. "It's a wonder- 
ful learning opportunity, bringing 
together school leaders from various 
districts, who can share ideas and 
collaboratively work on real solu- 
tions to questions of policy and 
practice. The program is adaptable to 
what is going on now, but it also has 
such a good foundation in theory 
and practice," Covert emphasizes. 
"Regardless of what trends come our 
way, it will be relevant." 

Listen Up, and Listen Down 

"Listen," says Magill. Education, says 
Covert, "is a team effort." 
Superintendent DeMary maintains 
the same principles on a statewide 
level. "Input from teachers, princi- 
pals and parents is critical to making 


effective policy," she says. "The more 
field-based information policymakers 
have, the more our policies are 
aligned with best practices in the 
schools. Decisions made in a vacuum 
can only result in ineffective policy — 
or even worse, damaging policy." 
The School of Education informs 
policymakers in several ways. 

Each spring, the CEPl releases the 
Commonwealth Education Poll, a 
major barometer of Virginia public 
opinion about K-12 education. In 
April 2003, although 43 percent of 
Virginia voters thought K-12 schools 
were underfunded, only 32 percent 
supported a tax increase for educa- 
tion. Have SOLs made schools 
better? No, said 43 percent; 42 
percent feel SOLs have helped. 

CEPl also writes legislative briefs 
on issues in education. The non- 
partisan briefs at the center's website 
quickly get to the heart of each 
issue — endearing them to General 
Assembly members who had to 
consider over 3,000 pieces of legisla- 
tion during this past year's "short" 

"In a day when people have 
more information than they can 
handle, the most valuable resource is 
analysis," says Bosher, also CEPl's 

executive director. "Our website can 
get 10,000 hits a month." 
"Impartiality is a key," adds Dr. 
Richard Vacca, VCU professor 
emeritus of education law and CEPl 
senior fellow. "We don't try to take a 
stand one way or another," he says. 
"We present the information, and 
lawmakers draw their own conclu- 
sions." See for yourself at www.cepi- 

The Metropolitan Educational 
Research Consortium (MERC) at 
VCU is definitely a two-way bridge 
between area schools and the educa- 
tional experts on VCU's faculty. In 
1991, seven metro Richmond school 
boards and VCU "came together to 
j see if they could leverage their 
> resources to conduct research that 
school divisions alone could not typ- 
ically afford," says Bosher. 

This is policymaking that moves 
from the bottom up before it goes 
back from the top down. "MERC is 
action-oriented," says MERC's 
director, VCU's Dr. James McMillan. 
The consortium decides on its 
research topics each year from 
problems that come from the 
schools. Teachers and principals can 
see what they need to know, now, to 
teach their students more effectively. 

They are on MERC's council, 
choosing topics with policymakers 
and shaping studies with faculty 

A major worry in public educa- 
tion is losing students who are at risk 
because of poverty or other family 
and personal struggles. Many studies 
have looked at kids in trouble to try 
to fix what went wrong. A recent 
MERC study asked 62 successfiil kids 
from six school districts, "How do 
you do it?" The results provided 
some new insights on resilience," 
says McMillan. 

The students were eager, 
thoughtful and direct. School divi- 
sions could see irmnediate practical 
applications. "Have more activities 
for the students to become involved 
in," students said. They wanted 
teachers who were supported and 
expected them to succeed — "She was 
sttict but she was nice." These 
students had a strong sense of their 
own effectiveness. They were suc- 
cessful because they chose to be, and 
they gave themselves credit for it. 

Another study proposed ways of 
structuring summer school to 
improve SOL scores for students 
having trouble. Suggestions included 
"enrolling struggling students in 

"Principal " Kathryn Kirk (in blue) is live on tape, presenting a school problan to other PEP leadership shtdents, a.k.a. School Board. 
After nodding and wincing at tite tape, and hearing solid questions and suggestions from Tanya Smith (seated left), program director 
Mary Ann Wright, Rich Hall, EllmHebeit, facilitator Harold Saunders andMelanie Haimes-Bartolf Kirk is a lot more convincing the 
second time around. 

FALL 23 2003 

Algebra I during summer school, 
focusing courses on preparing for the 
test, and keeping class sizes small." 

Retaining quality teachers is 
critical if schools are to meet new 
high standards. According to a 
MERC study, schools keep good 
teachers by listening to teachers' 
needs; supporting meaningful pro- 
fessional development; reducing 
class size and loads; strengthening 
mentoring for new teachers; and 
rewarding teachers' professionalism. 

MERC studies sometimes 
convince school boards of necessary 
spending. "Local schools have 
also used our technology results 
to argue for further technology 
resources," says McMillan. 


Today's teachers have to cope not 
only with academics but with social 
issues like drug and alcohol abuse, 
gangs, HIV/ AIDS, school shootings. 
Children of new immigrants from 
the Sudan, El Salvador and Russia 
struggle to comprehend higher math 
and American History in a language 

foreign to them. Budget cuts mean 
teacher layoffs and larger classes, 

': when research shows that low 
teacher-student ratios are the most 
important element in better 

i learning. Lower salaries make it diffi- 
cult for teachers to bring up and 
educate their own children. When 
school systems can afford to hire 
them, there's a nationwide teacher 

i Graduates of VCU's five-year 
Extended Teacher Preparation 
Program leave campus ready to teach 
and support their students. Teachers 
earn both a Master of Teaching from 
the School of Education and a B.A. or 
B.S. in a subject area through the 
College of Humanities and Sciences. 

; The curriculum is infused with SOL- 

I related material, and every student 
spends a semester doing a practicum, 
an internship in a local K-12 class- 
room. Students learn to use new 
technologies through the School's 
two state-of-the-art labs. 

j The School offers an endorse- 

ment in teaching English as a Second 
Language, and recently won a $ 1 
million federal Title 111 grant from 

the Office of English Language 
Acquisition. VCU will be training 
ESL teachers and paraprofessionals in 
four Richmond area school districts 
and among our VCU students. The 
grant is renewable every year for five 

The standards movement is 
pushing teachers as well as students, 
and school systems across the 
country are offering substantial 
salary increases to teachers who earn 
National Board Certification. 

It's a lot more than paperwork. 
Teachers must make a year-long 
analysis of their knowledge and 
skills. They prepare a portfolio by 
videotaping their teaching, collect- 
ing student work samples, and 
making detailed analyses of their 
teaching methods. They face 
rigorous tests in their core subjects at 
an assessment center. National Board 
Certification lasts for 10 years and 
can be renewed. 

"Fifty percent don't make it the 
first time," Bosher comments. The 
Candidate Support Program of VCU- 
affiliated Metropolitan Educational 
Training Alliance (META) is there to 

What the Word Bird Told Us 

^ im^.^yvJ: 

Rained in. As long as they can READ with favorite aut^^^^nc Moncure, Kiara Slack, 
Justin Hundley, Kayla Thompson and Christian Brown d ^KHKm n mind the rain on their 
"Alphabet Soup Parade. " Preschool Special Needs Coordinator Amelia Foster gathered 400 
Gasewell County preschoolers who met in Yanceyville, North Carolina for the event 

As a teacher of young children, Jane Belk Moncure 

'52BS/E didn't just smile at the cute things her 

ents said. She wrote them down. 

h had a suitcase full of stories," she recalls. 

Her first publication came when she was 
teaching at a nursery school on 5th Avenue and 
12th Street in New York City. Photographer Morris 
Jaffee had followed her class around for a whole 
day, taking pictures he thought the school could 
use for a class booklet She looked through the 
photos and realized, "there's a whole book here." 
She wrote words to fit the pictures and, without 
scheduling a meeting, walked into the offices of 
Lothrop, Lee and Shepherd "and handed it to an 
editor." Her off-the-sidewalk approach worked— 
the firm published Pinny's Day at Play School 
in 1955. 

Today, Moncure has written more than 200 
well-loved children's books. Her Word Bird series, 
Sound Box Books and Magic Castle Readers have 
introduced millions of children around the world to 
reading. Her advice on writing for children is simple: 
"Don't write down to them, write with them." 

Many books for early readers use a limited 
vocabulary of phonetically simple words. Moncure 
didn't Her collaborators wouldn't let her. "They 
wanted 'alligator.' They wanted 'astronaut.' I'm a 

help teachers through the process. In 
2001, the Richmond area had only 
one nationally board-certified 
teacher. By 2003, with a META- 
boost, it has 15 — five of them gradu- 
ates of VCU's School of Education. 

Math Motivator 

Math teacher Lisa HaU '93MEd is 

policy made personal for students at 
Adams Elementary School in 
Henrico County. Today's schools risk 
losing accreditation — and federal 
funding— if they fail to meet stan- 
dards. Low SOL scores in math 
resulted in a state 'warning' to 
Adams. Hall came to the rescue in 
2001 when federal policy expanded 
Title 1 programs to fund intensive 
math teachers as well as reading spe- 

As a resource teacher for the 
whole school. Hall was looking for 
snappy ways to help students learn 
addition, subtraction, times tables, 
and understand how to apply these 
"math facts." After she saw some 
math games at a workshop, she 
applied for grants to buy materials 
and make kits for every classroom. In 

2002, Dominion Resources gave her 
$4,000, and ToyotaTIME came 
through with $9,700. 

Teachers and parents have assem- 
bled 36 kits with 13 games in each 
one — "all 730 kids have used them," 
she says proudly. These days, Adams 
is a school where "every kid counts." 
Classrooms clatter with the click of 
dice and children calling out 
numbers, as they add, subtract, 
multiply and divide, to play "Eight 
Eyeball Rings Are Enough," or 
"Seven Snakes." This year, Toyota- 
TIME dollars bought materials for 
more kits so parents can practice 
with children at home. 

Players have to use strategy and 
know math facts as they collect 
eyebaU rings for their fingers 
whenever they roU eight. "The 
games are so much more fun to 
them than using flashcards or being 
drilled." The real payoff is that math 
scores have risen from the 50s to the 
upper 80s. Adams Elementary is now 
fully accredited, and in May 2002 
was one of four schools in Virginia to 
receive the Governor's Award for 
Outstanding Improvement. 

Math Madness! Title 1 Math teacher 
Lisa HaU and Krystyiie Bradley, Kendra 
Esparza-Harris am Sean Taylor play 
"Lucky Triples His Friaids" atAdatns 
Elementary School. Hall bought materials 
for tnatfi games kits witli a $9,700 grant 
from Tqyota-TIME and $4,000 from 
Dominion Resources. 

teacher-writer," she explains. "I wanted to find 
words children would respond to. One little boy 
wanted us to use 'dromedary.' He knew what it 
meant, too. 'They got one hump,' he said. 'Camels 
got two.' The children loved that word. They all 
started dancing and chanting 'Dromedary, 

A controversial issue in early reading is 
phonics. Moncure insists that her Sound Box 
Books, written in the 1970s and recently repub- 
lished, "are beginning letter-sound books. They are 
not 'phonics' books. There is not a one way to 
read — phonics." Most parents define phonics as 
learning letter sounds. For educators, the term 
implies a rigid approach to reading which empha- 
sizes drills on the sounds without the motivation of 
actually reading books with good stories. By itself it 
doesn't make hungry readers, and research shows 
that in many cases phonics alone doesn't make 
readers at all. 

Moncure fondly remembers her early days of 
teaching, and "the wonderful Mrs. Pearl Burford," a 
VCU professor of early elementary education. 
Burford placed Jane at Richmond's Matthew 
Maury Elementary School for student teaching. In 
1951-52, "Miss Belk" taught "junior primary," a 
combined kindergarten/first grade. Although in a 

poor neighborhood, "Maury was a very, very 
creative school." Every day in her class, five- 
and six-year-olds "were learning to read by 
writing their own stories. 'Writing to read,'" 
she comments, "is not really new." 

At Maury, Moncure turned empty refrig- 
erator cartons into magical places for her 
children and told them stories about the 
"Word Bird." When Moncure was a little girl, 
she used to visit her grandparents on their 
farm in South Carolina. Her grandfather, 
"Papoo," kept a special flower container with 
a little bird on it on the porch. He'd fill the bird 
with coins and peppermint sticks, and shake 
them out, pinata-style, for his grandchildren. 
Inevitably, Moncure filled her bird with words 
and shook them out for her students. 

From 1957-59, Moncure was the first 
president of the Virginia Association for Early 
Childhood Education. "This organization, 
since its inception, has worked to establish 
high standards for young children's programs 
and for good educational opportunities for 
teachers who work with young children." 
The VAECE, with other groups, established 
some ofthe first early childhood standards 
in Virginia. 

Moncure, who was also an Early Childhood 
Instructor at VCU, returned to campus in 2000 to 
receive an Alumni Star award. She spent a morning 
visiting VCU's Child Development Center and 
donated several sets of books. "That center is a 
great asset for young teachers in training. I was 
very impressed with the quality ofthe program." 

Although she left teaching in 1979 to concen- 
trate on writing, Moncure still works as a school 
consultant and volunteer. She spent a year 
exchanging emails with struggling third grade 
readers in Tacoma, Washington. "I invited them to 
write some stories for me. And they were good. Any 
grandmother could do that with a child." In fact, she 
reminds parents, "You are your child's most impor- 
tant teacher. Today so many extra things are 
pressed onto little children. Parents can make sure 
they have some relaxed, quality time together." 

She recalls her own idyllic summers on her 
grandparents' farm, "Riding the farm 
mules. ..swimming in the lake. ..picking cotton." 
And of course, "listening every single night to my 
grandfather's homemade stories from the bottom of 
his big brass bed, with all the grandchildren spell- 
bound all around him." 

With that kind of encourage- 
ment, Hall's creativity and fundrais- 
ing are expanding exponentially. "I 
have a new hobby," she says 
happily. "Next I'm thinking about 
schoolwide 'Math Motivators,' 
funded by a $4,000 grant from Scott, 
Stringfellow." On Math Fridays once 
a month, kids who answer the most 
math facts get to wear buttons that 
say "Math Master." Occasional Math 
Madness Saturdays are really popular 
with third to fifth graders. 

Dominion gave her another 
$4,000 in 2003 for Math and Science 
Family Workshops. Hall's latest grant 
application includes stipends for 
teachers who've been volunteering at 

ther Goose" 

Betty Jean Swyers died August 6, 2003. An 
adjunct instructor in children's literature from 
the late 1960s to the late 1980s, Betty Swyers was 
the Mother Goose of VCU — a reader's action 
figure. Dr. Alan Mcleod, chair of teacher educa- 
tion, once took her course. "She would be 
sashaying around the classroom and get us to 
follow. We'd all be singing a counting rhyme or 
acting out the story of the three bears." Genera- 
tions of new teachers passed her joyful perkiness 
on to their K-5 students as a happy love of reading 
and storytelling. 

Swyers collaborated with reading faculty 
on VCU's weekend Children's Literature 
Conference in the 1970s-80s, running Friday 
night "Happenings" of book-related activities 
with meet-the-authorfor kids and parents. 
Former chair Dr. Pat Ducan says, "She was one 
of the most creative people I ever met." Swyers 
and her husband, late faculty member Dr. William 
Swyers, "made a far bigger contribution to VCU 
than anyone will ever know," says Duncan. For a 
fitting memorial contribution, her children sug- 
gested, "Read a book to a child." 

Math Saturdays, and a digital 
camera to document students' 
activities and achievements. 

Hall sharpened her grant- 
writing skills in a VCU course in 
research methods. "We basically 
worked on one paper the entire 
semester, bit by bit, and it was 
picked apart by the professor every 
week," she says. "It paid off." 

An object in motion tends to 
stay in motion. Lisa Hall, Adams' 
Teacher of the Year for 2003, 
reports proudly that 90 percent of 
Adams students passed math SOLs 
in May. 

So, the ABCs of policy go some- 
thing like this. A) Look at class- 
rooms: Who's learning? Who isn't? 
Why? What do they need? B) 
Formulate necessary policies. C) 
Send better policies (with funding) 

In Memoriam 

Scholar, Patriot and 
Public Servant 

Dr. AiTiin AJimard, retired professor of 
public administration at VCU, died of 
cancer on May 6, 2003, in Richmond. A 
former professor and dean at the National 
University of Iran, Alimard became a 
cabinet-level minister in the Shah's govern- 
ment, instituting reforms in the civil service 
code and developing a training program for 
public officials across Iran. His friend Dr. 
Frank Sherwood says, "He was a patriot 
above all else. He looked on his position as 
a duty." 

After the Islamic Revolution, Alimard 
escaped to Turkey and later to the United 
States. He joined the VCU faculty in 1982, 
becoming a helpful and popular advisor, 
not only to students in public administra- 
tion, but to international students in every 
field. Dr. Janet Hutchinson, VCU director of 
public administration, says, "He was such a 
vital man with such a broad intellect, 
[which] he shared with so many people, 
and we all benefited." 

"A Tremendous Loss" 

Dr. Susan Estabrook Kennedy died June 
15, 2003, at 61, soon after being diagnosed 
with cancer. She was not only a published 
scholar in 20th century American history 
but a capable administrator, serving on 
myriad university boards and committees 
since she arrived at VCU in 1973. Her col- 
leagues in the History Department changed 
its bylaws so she could serve three terms as 
chair. She was interim and associate dean of 
the College of Humanities and Sciences in 
the late 1990s, when she established a 

back to teachers and principals to 
implement in classrooms and 
schools. The point is always the 
student. A fourth grader is learning 
long division; she may go on to 
study fractals and chaos theory — or 
to lead a software company. That 
boy reading with the Word Bird (see 
sidebar) could become a journalist 
and win a Pulitzer Prize. 

"Every child is entitled to quality 
education through a public school 
system that is accountable for its per- 
formance," says DeMary. "I am com- 
mitted to the Standards of Learning 
and other initiatives that enable 
students and public schools to reach 
those high standards." 

Sandra Shelley is a freelancer who 
writes frequently for the Christian 
Children's Fund. 

development office for the college and 
balanced its finances. 

She studied, wrote and lectured about 
American history in the 1920s and '30s. Her 
first book was Tlie Banking Crisis of 1933. A 
second book, If All We Did Was Weep at 
Home, examined the history of working 
class white women in the United States. A 
Guggenheim Fellowship was one of her 
many honors. She developed a course at 
VCU on methodologies for oral history; she 
was a co-founder, past president, and 
journal editor of the Richmond Oral 
History Association. 

"She was a marvelous administrator and 
she served all over the university," says Dr. 
Stephen Gottfredson, dean of humanities 
and sciences. "It's a tremendous loss." 

"A Sweetheart" 
with High Standards 

Mary Barbour Dixon Phillips died May 
24, 2003 at 88. For 47 years, several genera- 
tions of RPI and VCU students leamed 
poise and clarity in her public speaking and 
diction courses — then required in many 
majors, including business and education. 
Retired theatre chair Richard Newdick 
remembers, "Mary taught a lot of athletes, 
because her part-time schedule fit theirs. 
She was such a sweetheart and so con- 
cemed for her students," he continues. 
"She was always willing to work extia time 
with students who needed help. But she 
was no softie; she had high standards." 
Phillips was active in the Richmond 
Theater Guild for many years and staned as 
Emily in their 1939 production of Oiir 
Town. Students admired and loved her for 
her professionalism and concern. 


^lLU LllL^L 

*Member of the VCU Alumni Association 


Lloyd Bell's '55BM book, Giovanni: Ttie Life 
and Times of John Brownlee, was pub- 
lished by Xlibris in 2003. *Judith Godwin 
'52BFAwas recently granted an honorary 
degree of Doctor of Human Letters (HDL) 
from Mary Baldwin College. Her paintings 
can be found in museums around the world, 
including the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
in NYC, the Art Institute of Chicago, the 
Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, the San 
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the 
National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan. 
Bernard Martin '59BFA received Richmond 
Magazine's 2003 Theresa Pollak Lifetime 
Achievement award. He is a professor 
emeritus in the School of the Arts at VCU. 
He lives in Richmond. His son Cade Martin 
'90BGS/H&S took our cover photo. 


*Willis Barrow '62/En Is a general engineer 
at Langley Air Force Base. He lives in 
Norfolk, VA. *WilliamBeville'65BS/SW 

is a college sales/acquisition editor for 
Prentice Hall, Higher Education Division. 
Top Manuscript Performer for 2001/2002, he 
was recently inducted into the Prentice Hall 
Manuscript Hall of Fame. He lives in 
Richmond. Barry Bird '67AS/En is an 
electrical controls engineer for Consutech 
Systems, LLC in Mechanicsville, VA. 
*Dans Callans Jr '66BS/B is president of 
Sunset Ford in Phoenix. *Gwynne Clarl< 
'66BFA is a costume director in the Theatre 
Arts Department of Loyola Marymount 
University in Los Angeles. ^Gordon 
Conner '66BS/MC is owner and president of 
BrandWorks, Ltd., and lives in Midlothian, 
VA. Alois Ellis '66BFA is vice president of 
Jack Ellis & Associates in Richmond, where 
she lives. Roselle Gibbs '66BS/B is CFG 
and chair of the board of ABC Staffing in 
Fredericksburg, VA. Gary Hinds '69BS/B 
is a DBA at Boeing in Bellevue, WA where 
he lives. *C. Larry Home '69BFA received 
the 2003 Interior Design Medalist Award 
from the VCU Department of Interior 
Design, and was inducted into the depart- 
ment's Alumni Circle of Excellence. He is 
president of Home International Designs in 
Bethesda, MD and lives in Silver Springs, 
MD. David Hunt '69BS/B is CEO of 

PlanSoft Corporation. W. Wilton Johnson 
'69BS/B is a contract administrator at E.I. 
DuPont in Richmond, where he lives. 
John Keith Jr '66BS/B is director of Human 
Resources at J. Crew in Lynchburg, VA. He 
lives in Forest, VA. *Thonias Layman 
'65BFA owns Tom Layman Graphics in 
Richmond, where he lives. *Gerald 
Osborne '68AS/E is operations manager at 
Tridium, Inc. in Richmond, where he lives. 
John Revene II '68BS/B is a drives special- 
ist at Wood Equipment Co. in Mechanics- 
ville, VA. He lives in Richmond. Kenneth 
Sullivan '64BS/B is president of Kenneth W. 
Sullivan, Inc. in Fredericksburg, VA, where 
he lives. Thomas Thacher '69BS/B is 
chief of the Information Technology Team 
for the US National Park Service in 
Ochopee, FL. He lives in Marco Island, FL 
Eileen Wagner '67BS/E is a self-employed 
attorney in White Stone, VA. *Vann 
Williams '63C/A is owner/interior designer 
of L' Atelier in Maidens, VA. Charles 
Wood '64BS/B owns ADA Signs in Lake 
Wylie, SC, where he lives. *Milton 
Woody '67BS/E is dean for Enrollment 
Services at St Louis Community College in 
St. Louis. He lives in St. Charles, MO. 


"Barbara Allen '76BS/H&S is a doctor of 
Veterinary Medicine at the Forest Animal 
Hospital in Forest, MS, where she lives. 
Stephen Althouse '76MFA was awarded a 
five-month Fulbright research grant to be 
an artist-in-residence atthe Museum of 
Modern and Contemporary Art in Liege, 
Belgium, beginning August, 2003. He is a 
professor of photography and digital 
imaging at Barry University in Miami 
Thomas Askew '78MBA is a senior consul- 
tant at Renaissance Resources in 
Richmond, where he lives. James Baker 
'71BS/B married Katharine Barrett in July, 
2003. He is a partner at Simmons-Baker 
Realty in Richmond, where they live. 
Barbara (Copple) Seattle '70BM is director 
of music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in 
Winston-Salem, NC. Brenda Bentley 
'77BS/E is a comptroller atTopflite Building 
Services, Inc. in Washington, DC. She lives 
in Alexandria, VA. Gregory Bielawski 
'76BS/B is a senior program analyst at Jon 
J. McMullen Associates Inc. in 
Washington, DC. He lives in Arlington, VA. 
Diane (Vayo) Blunt '76BFA is project 
manager for the International Monetary 
Fund in WASHINGTON. She lives in 
Sterling, VA. Jim Bowman '73BS/B is a 
charter boat captain of "Marlin Mania" in 
Hatteras,NC, where he lives. Joseph 
Brodecki '70BS '77MS/H&S is a 
principal/financial advisor for Bernstein in 

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CU Alumni Association 



VCU vs lona 
Alumni Ticket Night 

AAAC Meeting 


Alumni College in Gennany 


Lunch with Rams Basketball 

Coach Jeff Capel . '- 


VCU vs WiUiam & Mary 

Alumni Ticket Night 



Commencement Breakfast & Photography 


VCU vs Middle Tennessee State 

Alumni Ticket Night 


Alumni Extern Program i»*' 


Lunch with Rams Basketball 

Coach Jeff Capel 

VCU vs Hofstra 
Alumni Ticket Night 

VCU Homecoming 


Limch with Rams Basketball 

Coach Jeff Capel 

Alumni Ticket Night 

MARCH 15-19 

Aliurmi Extern Program 


Prospective Student Calling Program 


Gala Opening of Student Corrunons Phase 3 


Destination Imagination 



MAY 22 



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If you blinked your eyes at VCU during the late '60s, you 
probably didn't notice Daniel Gill '71BS/B racing across 
Shafer Court to catch a morning class. Like many VCU 
students, Gill took advantage of the university's flexible class 
scheduling to squeeze in a college education around a full- 
time job. 

Gill not only managed to complete his undergraduate 
work while working in governmental procurement, he also 
slipped in a MS Degree in Contracts and Procurement 
Management from Florida Institute of Technology through 
an extension program at Fort Lee. Gill's educational aims dovetailed exactly with his 
career at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in Washington, where he worked from 
1966-83. There, he helped the DLA, Defense General Supply Center (located in 
Richmond, VA) supply equipment to military departments and other defense agencies. 
"Acquisitions is a dynamic, continuously reforming process," says Gill of his 30-year 
career, which culminated in his senior executive service (SES) positions in the Office of 
the Secretary of Defense and the Office of the Secretary of the Army. "It allowed me to 
use all my business, accounting and human skills for dealing with people and negotiat- 
ing conttacts, as well as implementing national policies mandated by Congress. Plus, 
you are providing oversight for spending taxpayers' money." 

Gill developed particular expertise that moved him quickly up the ranks, especially 
in policy and program development to increase contract and awards for small and 
minority-owned businesses. He also increased U.S. Army Research Office awards to his- 
torically Black coUeges and universities ft-om $500,000 in 1987 to $5 million in 1990. 
"It's federal government policy to place a proportion of acquisitions and research 
funds with small and disadvantaged businesses," says Gill. "But it's always a challenge 
to get as much of that $200 billion to small businesses as possible. There's a feeling that 
small businesses can't do certain types of work, don't have the capability and quality. I 
spent a lot of years convincing people that there are plenty of small businesses who can 
compete for defense contracts." 

Gill's biggest challenge, and best success, arose in 1991 during Operation Desert: 
Storm. Faced with a projected two-year active military maneuver in desert conditions, 
the DOD was hard-pressed to fill conh-acts for specialized unifonns, boots and equip- 
ment. Gill had previously organized technical teams to help DOD increase contiract 
awards to small clothing and apparel manufacturing and machine shop firms in Puerto 
Rico. Some of these firms contributed significantly to the war efforts. When the war was 
over, he led an initiative to involve small businesses in the clean up of Kuwait. 

Gill was awarded a Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. He retired from 
public ser\ice in 1996 to am Dayvon Services, Inc., his own acquisitions consulting 
firm in Burke, Virginia. Most of his work involves education and training for new 
employees of govemmental program, acquisition and procurement offices. At the start 
of most new classes, he says, someone usually cracks, "What about that $600 hammer 
the Army bought?" After the laughter dies down. Gill gives the class an insider's view. 
"Yeah, you can go to the hardware store and buy a hammer for $20," he says. "But 
what if you give one of those cheap hammers to a soldier in Iraq right now? What if he 
tries to use the hammer and the claw breaks off? The hammer the DOD buys must 
comply with stringent military specifications that require special hardening, freatment 
and testing." These special requirements cost more than commercial commodities. 

The public often gets skewed information about government procedures, says Gill, 
who also is quick to defend what many perceived as precipitous, if not rigged, bidding 
on the rebuilding of Iraq. 

"You always get the media take on these things," he says, "but the fact is they had a 
competition for bids or proposals, the companies were evaluated, and they made the 
awards. It didn't have anything to do with anybody on any boards. The ones who get 
the contracts are the ones who provide the best value to the government and may have 
participated in the last cleanup and therefore have experience and did a good job. 
V^en you're talking about a multimillion-dollar contract, you're looking for demon- 
stiated experience to perform. 

"As for starting the bidding when they did, it's a very common practice in contract 
work. You must start the process eariy so you can have a conttact in place to begin the 
work at the right time. 

"I have high regard for public service and the people who work for the government, 
particularly in acquisitions— 99.9 per cent are tiying to protect the taxpayer's money." 

VCU theatre graduate Selby Frame is a freelance writer in Maine. 

Washington, DC. He was named one of the 
best investment advisors in Washington by 
Washingtonian Magazine, December, 2002. 
Dale Brothers '76BS/N is an office admin- 
istrator at R.M. Brothers, IVID in 
Shenandoah, VA. Jennifer Brown 
'78MFA was named one of the YWCA of 
Richmond's 10 Outstanding Women of 2003. 
She works atthe School of the Performing 
Arts in Richmond. *Robert Byrd '72BS/B 
'82IV1PA is a fiscal analyst for the City of 
Richmond, where he lives. *David 
Clements '70BS/IV1C is site manager of 
Human Resources at ExxonlVlobil Chemical 
in Houston. *Ronald Downing '77BS/H&S 
is senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch 
in Ronaoke, VA. He is also a member of the 
Downing Brothers band. Ann Epps 
'59BS/B '78MEd is a library assistant/cata- 
loger atthe Blackwater Regional Library in 
Carrollton, VA. She lives in Surry, VA. 
*Charlotte Fischer '71 BS/B is chair, presi- 
dent and CEO of PHS Indiana. Ellen Flint 
'77BM teaches at Wilkes University in 
Wilkes-Barre, PA. Raymond Forsythe 
'72BS/B is a programmer/analyst at Value 
Options in Norfolk, VA. He lives in 
Chesapeake, VA. Brenda Freed-Mazel 
'74MSW is a social work supervisor at 
Golden Cradle Adoption Services in Cherry 
Hill, NJ. She lives in Marion, NJ. *Harold 
Gellis '76MBA is vice president at 
Davenport & Company LLC in Richmond 
where he lives. Ronald Gentry '70BS/1VIC 
is vice president of Sales and Marketing at 
SonoMedica LLC in Vienna, VA. Sally 
Gravely '76BS/IVIC is a general secretary for 
the Second Presbyterian Church in 
Roanoke, VA, where she lives. *Stephen 
Griffin '77BS/E is planning director for 
Pnnce William County. He lives in 
Fredericksburg, VA. *IVIichaelGun 
'75BS/H&S is a branch chief atthe Court 
Services and Offender Supervision Agency 
in Washington, DC, where he lives. 
Albert Harrison '73BME is the chair of the 
Music Department and director of band and 
jazz band at Taylor University in Upland, IN. 

Jesse Harrup Jr '75BS/B is department 
chief of Boating with the US Coast Guard 
Auxiliary. John Milliard '72MM teaches 
music at James Madison University in 
Harrisonburg, VA. Barbara Home 
'72BS/B is vice president divisional mer- 
chandise manager of the Foley's division for 
the Federated Department Stores, Inc. in 
Houston. Michel Horton '79BS/MC is a 
partner at Zevnik in Los Angeles. He lives in 
Pasadena. Peter Huddleston '77BS/B is a 
safety engineer for Lawrence Livermore 
National Laboratory in Livermore, CA. • 
Louise Jesse '72BS/1VIC owns Epping 
Forest Antiques in Lively, VA, where she 
lives. *Philip Johnson '79BFA is assistant 
vice president of the University of Miami in 
Coral Gables, FL, and lives in Miami. Gary 
Jones '76BS/B owns Gary W. Jones 
Appraisal Service in Richmond, where he 
lives. *Leroy Keller Jr '76MBA is a loan 


officer forthe US Small Business 
Administration in Richmond. He lives in 
Glen Allen, VA. Jerry Lancio '70BS/B is 
director of the Florida Resource Center at 
Daytona Beach Community College. He 
lives in Port Orange, FL Frank Lotts 
71BA/H&S recently retired as deputy 
director of Logistics Operations with after 
32 years with the Defense Logistics 
Agency. *James Mann 71 BS/B is presi- 
dent of Mann, Armistead & Epperson, Ltd. 
in Richmond, where he lives. *Stephanie 
Masquelier 70BS/B 75MEd is a marketing 
and management instructor at Longview 
Community College in Lees Summit, MO, 
where she lives. *William McConnell 
'69AS/En 72BS/B is secretary/treasurer of 
HVAC & Electrical Contractor in Roanoke, 
VA. He lives in Vinton, VA. Randi Mitzner 
76BS/E is director of Comprehensive 
Employment Services forthe National 
Association on Drug Abuse Problems in 
New York. She lives in Wantagh, IMY. 
Judy Nelson 71MSW is executive director 
of Hollygrove Children & Family Services in 
Hollywood, CA. *Marc Noble 72BA/H&S 
is deputy computer security officer for the 
Federal Communications Commission in 
Washington. He lives in Arlington, VA. " 
John O'Connell 72BS/B owns the firm John 
V. O'Connell, CPA in Bumpass, VA. 
^Bradford Partrea 74IV1S/B is senior vice 
president at Atlantic Mortgage & 
Investment Company in Richmond where 
he lives. Vincent Phillips 74BFA is an 
editorial assistant for the Bureau of 
National Affairs in Washington. He lives in 
Woodbridge, VA. Reverend Nancy Poti 
74BA/H&S is at the Baptist Theological 
Seminary in Richmond. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA. Nick Poulios 79MA/B is 
director/head of US Global Medical 
Outcomes Research and Economics for 
Baxter Bioscience in Los Angeles. 
Russell Quash Jr 79BS/MC is an advanced 
systems engineer at EDS in Washington, 
DC, where he lives. Joseph Richter 
75BS/B is president of Kenwood USA 
Corporation. James Roane Jr 79BS/B is 
a business analyst at The University of 
Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ml. He lives in 
Ypsilanti, Ml. *Susan Robertson 
75BS/H&S 76MEd is an SA & Prevention 
counselor for Hanover County Public 
Schools in Mechanicsville, VA. She lives in 
Richmond. Parks Rountrey 75BS/B is a 
partner at Knight, Dorin & Rountrey Real 
Estate Services in Mechanicsville, VA. 
Theandres Ruffin 79BS/H&S 
'92BS/AH(CLS) is a nuclear medicine tech- 
nologist at the VHA McGuire Hospital in 
Richmond, where she lives. Charles Ryan 
VI 77MBA is president of the Charles Ryan 
Agency in Winchester, VA, where he lives. 
*Eugene Schultz 76BS/B is a sales con- 
sultant with Virginia Lottery in Midlothian, 
VA. Kenneth Scruggs 70BS/B 
79MPA/H&S is vice president of 
Undenwriting at Business Loan Express in 

Washington, DC. Scott Sirles 75BS/B is 

president of the James River Consulting 
Group in Richmond, where he lives. 
*Robert Sizer 74BS/B is vice president of 
Palmer & Cary in Florida. *Jeanne Smith 
78MS/B retired in 1998 from Paramount's 
Kings Dominion after 17 years. She current- 
ly volunteers with Indian Rivers Humane 
Society of Aylett,VA. Joseph Spriggs 
75BS/E is a senior loan officer at Alliance 
Mortgage in Annandale.VA. Neil 
Szczygiel 72BS/H&S owns a day care in 
Lackawanna, NY, where he lives. *Sara 
Trueblood 79MSW is a school social 
worker at Arrowhead AEA in Webster City, 
lA, where she lives. Timothy Turner 
76BS/B is a tax policy analyst for the VA 
Department of Taxation in Richmond. He 
lives in Glen Allen, VA. Leila Walker 
70BS/B is a Business Education supervisor 
for Baltimore County Public Schools in 
Timonium, MD. She lives in Baltimore. 
Joseph West Jr76BS/B is assistant 
director of Engineering & Buildings for the 
State of Virginia. He lives in Charles City, 
VA. *RichardWhiteley71BS/Bisvice 
president of Armfield, Harrison, & Thomas, 
Inc. in Leesburg, VA, where he lives. 
♦Howard Wiltshire 74BS/B is president of 
C.E. Thurston & Sons, Inc. in Virginia 
Beach, VA where he lives. *Latham 
Winfree 74MS/H&S is a professor of 
criminal justice at New Mexico State 
University in Las Cruces, NM, where he 
lives. The second edition of his textbook 
Understanding Crime: Theory and Practice 
was published in 2002. Aran Wise 71BFA 
is an optician at Unity Optical Co. in Stow, 
MA, where he lives. 


William Adams '83BS/H&S '87MD is chief 
of Medical Staff at the Naval Medical Clinic 
in Annapolis. He lives in Manassas, VA. 
""Clara Akinleye '81BS/B is a benefits 
program specialist forthe City of Richmond, 
where she lives. Frances Allen '82BS/B 
teaches business/tech education at 
Matoaca High School in Chesterfield, VA. 
She lives in Midlothian, VA. Brian 
Anderson '89BS/B is network administrator 
of the Corporate division at Truck 
Enterprises, Inc in Harrisonburg, VA. 
Nick Armstrong '84MM is artistic director 
of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. He is 
also the director of the Preparatory Center 
for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, 
City University of New York. *Teresa 
Atkinson '80BS/MC '87MPA is now associ- 
ate vice provost for finance at VCU. She 
had been deputy staff director and legisla- 
tive fiscal analyst for the Virginia House of 
Delegates' Appropriations Committee. 
*Samuel Ayoub '86BS/B is vice president of 
the High Availability Solutions Division at 
Bankof America in Richmond. Emil 
Badonsky Jr '87BFA teaches 
English/theatre at Oak Hills High School in 
CincinnatL He lives in Hamilton, OH. 

James Bedenbaugh '80MBA is senior vice 
president and treasurer of Triad Hospitals, 
Inc. Jennifer Bolger'85BS/MC is head 
coach forthe McLean High School 
Volleyball Team and manages the 
Washington, D.C. Professional Women's 
Volleyball Team. Sally Bowring '83MFA 
received Riciimond Magazine's 2003 
Theresa Pollak Award in painting. She 
teaches at VCU's School of the Arts. 
Tony Brischler '84BFA is a designer at 
Brischler Art Studio, Inc in Fayetteville, GA, 
where he lives. Carolyn Brown '79BS 
■87MTax/B is a CPA and tax partner at BDO 
Seidman, LLP in Richmond. Gisele 
(Keyes) Bullock '83BME '87MME is a music 
specialist for Virginia Beach Public 
Schools. She lives in Chesapeake, VA. • 
John Burke '84BM is a sound system 
designer at The Kennedy Center in 
Washington. He lives in Springfield, VA. 
John Campbell '87BS '89MS/MC is chief of 
Marketing & Communications at Pamplin 
Historical Park and The National Museum 
of the Civil War Soldier. Alvin Carter 
'81BS/H&S is an advisory engineer at 
International Business Machines in 
Durham, NC. He lives in Raleigh, NC. 
Gray Chandler '80BGS/H&S is a pastor at 
the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in 
Fayetteville, NC. He lives in Garner, NC. 
Mary Cheek '75BME '82MME is stake 
music chair for the Richmond Stake of the 
LDS Church. Susan (Strother) Clarke 
'83BS/MC is a business reporter with the 
Orlando Sentinelln Orlando, FL. She was 
recently named the new columnist for the 
Sentinel's Money section to focus on 
behind-the-scenes developments impact- 
ing local businesses. Judith Clary 
'74BS/B '80MEd is a school counselor at 
Henrico County Schools in Richmond, VA. ' 
Wayne Cluff '89BS/B is vice president of 
operations of InfoMC, Inc. Beverly (Hale) 
Cocke '87BA/H&S married John Cocke Jr. 
on May 10, 2003. They live in Glen Allen, VA. 

Cheryl Corser '85BS/B is president of 
Telelink Communications, Inc. Thomas 
Cunningham '88BS/B is a sales representa- 
tive at Direct Impressions, Inc. in Richmond, 
where he lives. *Evan Curbeam 
'88BS/H&S is vice president of BB&T in 
Midlothian, VA. *Don Dame '77BS/B is an 
audit manager at DominionA/irginia Power 
in Richmond, where he lives. *Kenneth 
Davis '80BS/H&S is a supervisor of 
Customer Services at Wyeth Consumer 
Healthcare in Richmond, where he lives. • 
Mark DeOrio '87BS/H&S is a production 
manager at Polysciences, Inc. in 
Warrington, PA. He lives in Norristown, PA. 

Joel Derflinger '86BS/B is system admin- 
istrator at BT Global Networks in Herndon, 
VA. He lives in Bristol, VA. Charles 
Dransfield '83BFA is manager of Great 
Earth in West Hollywood, CA, where he 
lives. Stephen Dryden '80BS/B is presi- 
dent of Dryden Consulting Services, Inc. 
Victoria Dudley '89MBA is managing 

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director at Wachovia Securities, Inc. in 
Atlanta, where she lives. Richard 
Duesberry '86BS/B is an underwriting spe- 
cialist at PMA Insurance Group. Julia 
Duncan '83BA/H&S owns Beads for Stories 
Trading Company. She lives in Alexandria, 
VA. TonyEarles'85BS'87MS/H&Sis 
director of education for the Pacific Whale 
Foundation's Ocean Science Discovery 
Center in Maalaea, Hawaii. He lives in 
Kihei, HI. Caroline Eby '88BS/MC is a 
senior buyer at Freddie Mac in McLean, 
VA. She lives in Herndon, VA. *Paul 
Edmunds II '87MBA is president and COO of 
SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. Sterling 
Edmunds III '83MBA is a managing member 
at Edmunds White LLC. Stephen Edson 
'81BS/B is a senior analyst at Overlook 
Systems Technologies, Inc. in Vienna, VA, 
where he lives. Tim Edwards '79BS/B 
'82MBA is a realtor at Coldwell Banker 
Johnson & Thomas in Richmond, where he 
lives. He was ranked in the top 10% of all 
Coldwell Banker agents worldwide, was 
awarded Top Salesperson, and is a 
member of the President's Circle. *Barry 
Ellis '84MM is professor of music and 
director of band at the University of 
Wisconsin-Platteville. He is also the princi- 
pal bassoonist in the Dubuque Symphony 
Orchestra Patrick Fitzgerald '87BS/MC 
is president of Fitzgerald Marketing & 
Design in Richmond, where he lives. 
Loretta Freeman '86BS/B is a senior 
systems analyst at the Library of Congress 
in Washington. She lives in Dumfries, VA. 
Sharon Freude '80BM '84MM is director of 
music and organist at St. Matthew's 
Episcopal Church in Richmond. James 
Genus '87BIVI played bass on the CD 
Soulful Song released by Steve Wilson in 
2003. *Harold Greenwald '82BM is an 
admissions counselor for VCU's School of 
Graduate Studies. He lives in Chester, VA. 
Frank Gresham '81BFA is supervising 
director of animation for a children's 
animated TV series. The Cramp Twins, in 
London. Kathleen Grzegorek's 
'82BA/H&S law practice in Los Angles spe- 
cializes in immigration and nationalization. 

*Lynn Hackney 'B3BS/B is president of 
EYA Urban Properties, Inc. Candee 
Harris '83BFA is vice president of sales for 
Omega World Travel in Fairfax, VA. 
Patrick Harwood '84BS/MC teaches media 
and journalism at the College of 
Charleston's Department of 
Communications in Charleston, SC. *Paul 
Hassett '87BS/B is an advertising analyst 
for Circuit City Stores Inc in Richmond. He 
lives in Sandston, VA. Thomas 
Hazelwood '82BS/B is a director at GE 
Financial in Richmond, where he lives. 
Wendy Helmer '87BS/H&S is office 
manager/web designer at VCU Libraries. 
She lives in Richmond. Jeff Herro '88BM 
teaches guitar and theory at J. Sargeant 
Reynolds Community College. William 
Hicklin '89BS/B is a manager at SAFECO 

Surety in Duluth, GA. He lives in Buford, GA. 

Alfye Ingram '89BS/H&S is a probation 
officer for the Department of Juvenile 
Justice in Chesapeake, VA, where she 
lives. Mary Isemann '80BS/MC is a 
project director at Southeastern Institute of 
Research. ^Samuel Jamison '80BS/B is a 
consultant at SEJ Consulting in Accokeek, 
VA, where he lives. ""Elizabeth Johnson 
'80BA/H&S is a managing broker at Frank 
Hardy, Inc. in Deltaville, VA, where she 
lives. Eric Johnson '80BS/E is national 
account manager at Documentum, Inc. He 
lives in Washington, DC. Gail Johnson 
'86BS/B is human resource director at 
AT&T in Basking Ridge, NJ. *Kevin 
Johnson '83BS/B is author of Give God the 
Glory! a series of devotional books. The 
latest in the series, Called to be Light in the 
Workplace, was released March, 2003. He 
lives in Hillsborough, NJ, with his wife Gail 
and their three sons. Rowena (Perry) 
Johnson '87BS/B is an information technol- 
ogy specialist for the Department of 
Defense Education Activity in Arlington, VA. 
She lives in Clinton, MD. *William 
Johnson '82BFA is a secondary art teacher 
for Richmond Public Schools. *Michael 
Jolkovski '83BM '86II/IS '89PhD/H&S is a 
psychologist in Falls Church, VA, where he 
lives. Lt. Col. Robert Jones Jr '84BS/B is a 
battalion commander in the US Army 
Chemical Corps. *IVlike Kastner '83BS/B 
is a sales representative at Wilmar in 
Savage, MD William Kidd '78BM '82MM 
is a film composer who has worked on Star 
Trek I/, The Untouchables, the Academy 
Awards Show, and many other projects. 
Susan Ladue '87BS 'SgMURP/H&S is a 
manager at Eastward Companies, Inc. in 
Chatham, MA. She lives in Brewster, MA. 
Joyce Leverenz 'B2BME '88MS/AH(RC) is a 
coordinator at the Methodist Rehabilitation 
Center in Jackson, MS. She lives in 
Brandon, MS. Raymond Levy '85MS 
'88PhD/H&S is a psychologist at Ray L 
Levy, Ph.D., P.C. & Associates in Dallas. 
*Jerry Lewis '81BS/1VIC is vice president of 
Communications at the University of Miami. 

Debra Marks '87BFA is a product sales 
manager at Meeting Services in San Diego, 
where she lives. Mike Mason's '89 docu- 
mentary. Street Teams Volume One (DVD), 
about the hip-hop industry.featuring P. 
Diddy, Master P, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, 
Funkmaster Flex and others, was released 
in 2003. Roger Martin '80BM works at the 
Tennessee Technological University on the 
music staff. Frank McNally '81MS/MC is 
a public affairs specialist at the 
Smithsonian National Air and Space 
Museum. He lives in Round Hill, VA. ' 
James Messerschmidt '84MSW is associ- 
ate director of the Alzheimer's Association 
in Skokie, IL Mary Miller '83BS/H&S is 
an American Baptist pastor in Newark, OH. 

Tom Miller '83BM is an intervention spe- 
cialist for Ohio Public Schools. Sam 
Mustafa '88BS/E is assistant professor of 

history at Ramapo College of New Jersey. 
*H. Carter Myers III '81 MBA is president 
and CEO of Colonial Auto Center in 
Charlottesville, VA, Colonial Honda and 
Daewoo in Petersburg, VA, and Heritage 
Chevrolet in Chester, VA. Dennis 
O'Connor '80BS/B is a team leader for the 
City of Alexandria. He lives in Oak Grove, 
VA Laura 0'Grady'77BS/B'82MBA is 
vice president of Advertising and Marketing 
at S&K. Don Owen '84BS/B is a senior 
test engineering consultant in Washington, 
DC and lives in Glenelg, MD. Steve 
Ownby '84BS/B is a detective sergeant for 
the Richmond Police Department. He lives 
in Glen Allen, VA. Thomas Pappas 
'81 MBA is director of Advertising 
Regulation atthe National Association of 
Securities Dealers in Rockville, MD. 
Lawrence Philpott'81BS/H&S is a manu- 
facturing systems leader at Corning, Inc. in 
Christiansburg, VA. He lives in Roanoke, VA. 

*Regina (Harris) Phinizey '82BS/B 
married Scott Phinizey on March 8, 2003. 
She is fiscal administrator for the VCU 
Alumni Association. They live in 
Chesterfield. Rhonda Pleasants '88BS/B 
is an instructor in the Funeral Services 
Program at John Tyler Community College. 

*Richard Pontynen '74BS/B is regional 
partner with Goodman & Company. 
Kimberly Powell '81BS/B is a secretary at 
Battlefield Park Elementary in 
Mechanicsville, VA, where she lives. 
*Larry Powell '85BS/MC married Violeta 
Garth on June 7, 2003. He is assistant 
director of the VCU Alumni Association. 
They live in Varina, VA. Patrick Price 
'88BS/B is senior subcontracts administra- 
tor for Earth Tech in Richmond. Catherine 
Redford '80BS/B is senior vice president at 
Technology Leasing Concepts, Inc. Jiries 
Salameh '86BS/H&S is resident agent in 
charge of the Miami Division with the US 
Drug Enforcement Administration in Fort 
Lauderdale, FL, where he lives. *Cathy 
Saunders '76BSW '82MS/AH is a realtor at 
Long & Foster in Richmond, where she 
lives. She recently earned her associate 
broker license. ""Alan Schlemmer 
'82BS/B is manager of the Environmental 
Claims division at Liberty Mutual Insurance 
Group in Dover, NH. Richard Schoen 
'83MS/B is vice president of First Horizon 
Construction Lending. Bonosree Sen 
'87C/B is a senior research analyst at 
Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. 
She lives in Colonial Heights, VA. Brenda 
Seymore-Mitchell '84BGS/B is CEO of The 
Event Planner in Cheltenham, MD where 
she lives. GregSiegrist'81MBAisa con- 
troller at SoftMed Systems, Inc. Richard 
Sikon '83BS/H&S is a program head at 
John Tyler Community College in Chester, 
VA. He lives Richmond. *Dorothy Smith 
'88BS/B is a systems analyst for Norfolk 
Public Schools in Norfolk, VA. She lives in 
Virginia Beach. *Richard Smith Jr 
'86BS/B is senior vice president of the 


American Cancer Society in Pewaukee, Wl. 
He lives in Franldin, Wl. Margaret 
Smither '89MBA is an attorney and past 
chair of Commonwealtii Catholic Charities 
in Richmond. Michael Stephens 
'80BS/H&S is senior vice president of 
Atlantic Realty, Inc. in Kitty Hawk, NC. 
*Jennifer Sweeney '80BS/E is a teacher at 
Swift Creek Middle School in Midlothian, 
VA, where she lives. *Vicki TambeMini 
'82BS/B is CEO and president of Synergy3, 
LLC in Richmond. Al Thacker '83BS/B is 
vice president/audit manager of Land 
America Financial Group in Richmond. 
Troy Thomas '86BS/MC is founder and 
president of Inertia Films. His company 
recently produced a television series titled 
Testimony: Profiles in fa/f/ithat was shown 
on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He 
lives in Atlanta. Greg Turner '88BS/MC is 
a senior convention coordinator with Visual 
Aids Electronics in Richmond. Victoria 
Virvos '75BS/E '81MEd is an educational 
consultant at Enlightening Enterprises, Inc. 
in Richmond, where she lives. Tracey 
Welborn '89BM sang the lead tenor role of 
Gabriel von Eisenstein in Virginia Opera's 
Die Fledermaus in 2003. He lives in 
Richmond with his wife Cathy and their two 
sons. Edith White '79BS '83MS/MC is 
president/CEO of Urban League of Hampton 
Roads, Inc. in Norfolk, VA. She lives in 
Hampton, VA. *Eric Whittleton 
'84BS/H&S '86C/B is executive vice presi- 
dent and COO of Information Systems 
Support, Inc. Jeffrey Woodson '83MPA is 
vice president of the San Diego County 
Regional Airport Authority in San Diego, 
where he lives. Thomas Wynkoop Jr 
'77BFA is a news photographer at ABC 
Channel 2 in Baltimore. Frances Wynn 
'82BSWis a probation/parole officer for the 
Virginia Department of Corrections in 
Alexandria, VA where she lives. ""Julian 
Young Jr '86BS/B is newly elected chair of 
the Better Business Bureau serving Central 
Virginia. He is assistant vice president of 
Finance forVVWBTNBC-12 in Richmond. * 
Karen Zaorski '82MSW is a clinical social 
worker at the State Department of Mental 
Health & Addiction Services in Waterbury, 
CT. She lives in Wolcott, CT with her 
husband, Charles Zaorski '82BS/H&S, and 
their children Ray and Andrew. Charles 
Zavolta'81BS/E is technical recruiter for 
the Richmond area for Princeton 
Information. He lives in Herndon, VA. 


Lynne (Acker) Ainge '94BS/H&S is vice 
president at Dresdner Kleinwort 
Wasserstein in NYC. She lives in Dobbs 
Ferry, NY. John Allen '98MBA is director 
of Dealer Management for GE Equipment 
Management. He received the Summit Club 
award for the second year in a row and is 
president-elect of the Barrington Breakfast 
Rotary Club. He lives in Barrington, IL C. 
Ray Archer '95MS '97PhD/H&S is assistant 

professor of psychology at Midway College 
in Midway, KY where he lives with his wife 
Colby Archer '94MS '98PhD/H&S, and their 
daughter Jessalin. Colby is a counseling 
psychologist atthe University of Kentucky. 

Don Armstrong '92BM teaches chorus at 
Garfield High School in Woodbridge, VA. He 
is also director of music for North Bethesda 
United Methodist Church in Bethesda, MD. 

Elias ArvanitJs '96BS/MC '99MIS/H&S is 
an account executive at Foote Cone & 
Belding in Athens, Greece. Clifford Athey 
Jr '90BA/H&S was recently named to the 
Virginia Community College System's Hall of 
Fame. In 2002 he was elected to represent 
the 18th District in the Virginia House of 
Delegates. *Charles Aulino '98BS/B is 
commissioned examiner of the Banking 
Supervision & Regulation division atthe 
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. 
Blake Baber '99BS/B is a real estate 
appraiserwiththe County of Henrico 
Department of Finance in Richmond. 
David Bachman '96BS/MC works for The 
Washington Posf Advertising Department. 

Tom Bailey '91 BM is coordinator for 
Examinations and Competitions for the 
American Guild of Organists in Manhattan. 

Jennifer (Castle) Balut'91BS/MC '97MT 
married Christopher Balut on July 6, 2002. 

They live in Richmond. Jennifer Baptista- 
Moore '90BA/H&S is an internal account 
manager at Saxon Mortgage in Glen Allen, 
VA. She lives in Richmond. William 
Barnard Jr '92BS/B married Jessica 
Applegate on April 26, 2003. He works for 
Technology Partners. They live in 
Richmond. Jennifer (DiNunzio) Barnes 
'99MSW married John Barnes Jr on July 5, 
2003. Tracey Batt '92MA is an associate 
at V\/eil, Gotsal & Manges LLP in NYC. She 
recently received the 2003 VLA Outstanding 
Volunteer Service Award, presented 
annually by Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts 
to attorneys for exceptional support of low- 
income artists and nonprofit arts organiza- 
tions in pro bono services. Anthony 
Bausone '92MEd '99C/B is a senior systems 
administrator at Circuit City Stores, Inc in 
Richmond, where he lives. Sonda Beale 
'91BSW is a social worker for Bath County 
Department of Social Services in Warm 
Springs, VA. She received her 10-year cer- 
tificate and pin from the VA Department of 
Social Services in 2002. She lives in Hot 
Springs, VA. Paula Bennett '90BFA 
teaches art at Poquoson High School in 
Poquoson, VA, where she lives. Cathy 
Berberian-Strandes '94BS/H&S is a super- 
vising social worker at YCS-May Academy 



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in Jersey City, NJ, where she lives. Ann 
(King) Berkman '94BA/H&S '94MT married 
Thomas Berkman on July 26, 2003. She 
works at the Spence School in New York 
where they live. Yolanda Bishop 
'94BS/1V1C is director of Live Event Sales at 
Clear Channel Communications. She lives in 
Rockville, MD. Foye Dashiell (Bobbitt) 
'93BFA is a maitre'd on the NBC reality 
show The RestaurantiRocco's On 22nd). 
She's an actress and costume designer 
with Cobblestone Productions, Inc. She 
lives in Long Island City, NY. *Gary Boice 
'95BS/B is president of Integra Technology 
of VA in Powhatan, VA, where he lives. 
Steve Bolos '99BM is a musician Second 
Class in the US Navy. Michele Bolos 
'90BS/B is owner of NT Concepts in Fairfax, 
VA. Annette Bond '98BGS/H&S is an 
instructor of Family and Consumer Science 
for Henrico County Schools in Richmond, 
where she lives. Anthony Briatico 
'92BS/B owns GLASS in NYC, where he 
lives. *Kristat Briggs '92BS/B is vice 
president of Investment Banking at 
Anderson & Strudwick in Richmond. She 

lives in Glen Allen, VA. Mary (Wikstrom) 
Broaddus'73BFA'91BFA married David 
Broaddus on June 28, 2003. She is teaches 
art at Dinwiddie Middle School. They live in 
Mechanicsville, VA. Nicole Brooks 
'98BFA teaches art for Hampton City 
Schools in Hampton, VA. She lives in 
Newport News, VA. Tracy Brewer 
'93BA/H&S is program director at The Good 
Samaritan Foundation in Washington, DC. 
She lives in Hyattsville, MD. Lynn Brown 
'97BA/H&S is a computer operations tech 
for Perry Library at Old Dominion University 
in Norfolk, VA. She lives in Virginia Beach. 
Elisha Bruggemann '93BS/MC married L 
Scott Bruggemann on June 2, 2002. They 
live in Remington, VA. Matthew Burns 
'97BM made his Carnegie Hall debut April 6, 
2003 in Antony and Cleopatra. Hudson 
Byrd III '91BS/B is a financial management 
analyst for the US Department of State in 
Washington. He lives in Woodbridge, VA. 
Hollie (Scott) Cammarasana '99BS/MC 
married Michael Cammarasana on May 3, 
2003. Dawn Carlton '94BA/H&S is an 
attorney for Sinnot, Nuckols, & Logan, P.C. 

in Midlothian, VA. Sherry (Knapp) Carr 

'93BS/MC marned H. Stuart Carr on May 11, 
2002. They live in Mechanicsville, VA. 
Paula Carrigan '90BS/H&S is a neurophysi- 
ology lab supervisor at University of 
Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore. 
She lives in Annapolis. John Carter 
'93BA/H&S is owner of J.M. Carter 
Company in Roanoke, VA. Jaehn 
Charlton '91BS/B is a multimedia specialist 
at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in 
Washington, DC, where he lives. James 
Clague'94BS/B is senior financial analyst 
at Freddie Mac. He lives in La Plata, MD. • 
Janet Clement '91 BS/B is organization 
development manager atthe United States 
Mint in Washington, DC. She lives in 
Herndon,VA. Larry CluffJr '91 BS/B is 
president of and the 
director of business development for RPI. ■ 
Sean Coleman '92BS/MC is an attorney in 
the Office of the Public Defender in 
Baltimore. Lisa (Shaver) Collier 
'95BS/H&S teaches at Fluvanna Middle 
School. She lives in Palmyra, VA. Heather 
Comer '93BA/H&S '93MT is department 
chair of English at Open Campus High 
School in Virginia Beach, where she lives. 
Reginald Davenport '92BS/H&S '94MT/E is 
assistant principal of J.R. Tucker High 
School for Henrico County Schools. 
*Brian Davis '92BS/H&S is a planning, 
programs and services supervisor at 
Virginia Employment Commission in 
Richmond, where he lives. Katherine Day 
'99C/B is a project manager at Capital One 
in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in Richmond. 
Chunying Deane '92BS '99C/B is a business 
analyst at K Line America, Inc. in Richmond, 
where she lives. Tamara Debreaux 
'91 BS/B is a clinical data assistant in 
Clinical Research at Duke University. 
Francis Decker '98MA/H&S teaches 
English at Trinity Episcopal School and is 
Book Editor for Style Weeklyin Richmond, 
where he lives. Kim Dessenberger 
'96BFA is a sales manager at Holiday Inn in 
Richmond. Britt Drewes '98BS/MC is a 
communications directorfor the American 
Heart Association in Glen Allen, VA. She 
lives in Richmond. Teresa (Zandy) Drum 
'99BS/E married Eric Drum on May 31, 2003. 
She is a health educator. They live in 
Hickory, NC. Patti Duffy '99BS/H&S 
'99MT teaches at Prince William County 
Schools in Woodbridge, VA. She lives in 
Fredericksburg, VA. Beverly EIrod 
'91BS/B is a large-format print manager at 
Graphics Gallery in Glen Allen, VA, where 
she lives. Robert Erdman '94BS/H&S 
married Heidi Powell on November 3, 2002. 
They live in Richmond. Troy Etter '99BM 
works in administration at Mannes College 
of Music in NYC. Allison Faust 
'98BS/H&S is an attorney for Magill & 
Atkinson, LLP in Atlanta. *Dante 
Fratarcangelo '93MBA is a property 
manager at Circuit City Stores Inc. in 
Richmond, where he lives. SandeFulk 


'96MS/MC is director of public relations and 
marketing at Autorent in Chester, VA. She 
recently received Inside Business 
magazine's Top 40 Under 40 Award. 
Freddie Fuller '93BS/H&S is assistant 
director of the National Transit Institute in 
New Brunswick, NJ. He lives in 
Piscataway, NJ. Deirdre Gabriel '90BA is 
assistant director of Individual Giving for 
PBS in Alexandria, VA, where she lives. 
David Gallagher '97BS/B is a partner at 
Dominion Payroll Services in Richmond. 
Katherine (Mazur) Gallagher '95BA/H&S 
married Garry Gallagher on May 17, 2003. 
She is vice president of Client Relations at 
Physio Tech, Inc. They live in Richmond. 
Pamela (Nameth) Gamlin '98BS/B married 
Bradley Gamlin on May 17, 2003. 
Elizabeth Gentry '98BS/H&S is a children's 
specialist at Scottsville Library in 
Scottsville, VA. She lives in Goochland, VA. 

Sarah Gerringer '94BGS/H&S is 
managing editor at the American Society of 
Association Executives in Washington, DC. 
She lives in Arlington, VA. *Lance 
Giddens '91BA/H&S is a U.S. Army 
Accessions Command liasion officer in 
Washington, DC. He lives in Dumfries, VA. 
Thomas Glickman '92BS/MC is managing 
supervisor at Fleishman-Hillard 
International Communications in Kansas 
City, MO. He lives in Overland Park, KS. 
Rob Gonzalez '96BFA is a web designer at 
Weill Medical College of Cornell University 
in NYC. He lives in Brooklyn. Michelle 
Grabow '92MEd is a pharmaceutical sale 
representative for Abbott Labs in Florence, 
SC, where she lives. Anthony Gray 
'96MPA/H&S is a procurement technician 
in the Business Office Division of the 
Defense Supply Center in Richmond. Erin 
Greene '97BS/B is president of 
RootSquared in Richmond, where she lives. 

Timothy Griles '98BS/B married Leslie 
Goodman on May 31, 2003. They live in 
Richmond. James Grymes '95BM is 
assistant professor of musicology at the 
University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 
""John Gusler '96BS/H&S is a planner for 
the City of Roanoke, where he lives. 
*Jeanne Guthrie '93MS/MC is senior 
project manager at Global IT Associates in 
Atlanta. She lives in Marietta, GA. Gage 
Harter '96BS/MC is a writer and producer 
for PBS. His book, 7776 Mercury Agenda, 
was released in February 2003. Robert 
Hartman '93BS/B is branch manager for 
United Air Temp. Tanya Harris '90BS/B is 
an assistant controller at Stater Brothers 
Markets in Colton, CA. She lives in Mira 
Loma, CA. DeTrease Harrison '96MBA is 
assistant athletic director at VCU. *Brian 
Hicks '93BS/B married Cecily Rhodes on 
June 6, 2003. They live in Midlothian, VA. 
Brian Hillard '95BS/E married Anne Grymes 
on June 28, 2003. They live in Los Angeles. 

^Christopher Hite '^BM is a tuba player 
inthe 10th Mountain Division Band for the 
US Army. He lives in Fort Drum, NY. 

*Tonya Holeman '94BS '97C/B is an 

accountant at ERNI Components in 
Richmond. Jo Hoots '87BFA '99MS/1VIC is 
a program specialist for the Metropolitan 
Police Department in Washington, D.C. 
David Hopkins '92BM is the production 
manager at L W. Lantz Enterprises, Inc. 
Dawn Hudson-Thomas '93BM teaches 
band/orchestra for Danville Public Schools 
in Danville, VA. Bekah Hughes '95BM is a 
solo artist for the Williamsburg Choral Guild, 
the Richmond Choral Society and Hampden 
Sydney Men's Glee Club. William 
Humphrey '96MA/B is an assistant profes- 
sor at Cal State University-San Marcos. He 
lives in San Diego. Rebecca (Harding) 
Ingram '96BS/H&S married Steven Ingram 
on June 1, 2002. They live in Spring Grove, 
VA. Gary lnman'93MA of Gary Inman 
Interiors designed a bedroom and a mini- 
gallery for the National Symphony 
Orchestra Decorators' Show House 2003 in 
Washington. John Isquith '95BS/B is an 
E-business consultant at Fannie Mae in 
Washington, DC. *Julie (Jones) Johnson 
'96BFA married Andrew Johnson '94MS/E 
on May 31, 2003. She teaches art and he is 
a computer consultant. They live in 
Richmond. W. Tedrick Johnson '93BS/B 
is CEO of the Women's Physical Group. 
Eric Jones '99MEd is principal of Varina 
High School in Henrico County. He lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. Suzanne (Thornton) 
Jones '89BS '93MS/H&S '97PhD/M married 
William Jones on May 17, 2003. She works 
for the FDA. They live in Montgomery 
Village, MD. ''Aimee Kessler '96BA/H&S 
married Andrew Kessler on October 20, 

2002. They live in Arlington, VA. Eunice 
Kim '99BFA owns Eunice's Pianos in 
Richmond. Carlena Kirkpatrick '97BSW 
'98MSW is an outpatient therapist at Valley 
Child Guidance Clinic in Lancaster, CA, 
where she lives. Kevin Kern '93BS/P is a 
pharmacist for K-Mart Corporation in 
Kapolei,HI. *PhilipKoslow'93BMis 
executive director of the Las Vegas 
Philharmonic. Jennifer Krohn '93BS/H&S 
is an athletic trainer/instructor at Mohawk 
Valley Community College in Utica, NY. She 
lives in Frankfort, NY. Robert Lamb III 
'99BS/B married Karen King on June 28, 

2003. They live in Glen Allen, VA. Tamara 
Langebeck '90BS/H&S '94DDS is presi- 
dent/owner of Tamara D. Langebeck, DDS 
in Galax, VA. She lives in Max Meadows, 
VA. Jamie Lee '99BA/H&S is a media 
buyer at Circuit City Stores, Inc. in 
Richmond. She lives in Chester, VA. Trina 
Lee '92BS/MC is a public relations manager 
for the Virginia Department of Health. 
Karen Levy '96BS/KIC is a print coordinator 
at Imagex in Kirkland, WA. She lives in 
Seattle. Felicia Lewis '96BS/B is an 
administrative assistant at Divaris Real 
Estate, Inc. in Richmond, where she lives. 
*Linda Leykamp '91BS/B is a financial spe- 
cialist at First Union National Bank in 
Mechanicsville, VA, where she lives. 

Great Reception 

Enough of pla — by-pl — y coverage. Say good-bye to 
bad reception. VCU Rams broadcasts have moved to 
WBBT-107.3 FM. "We're making a significant com- 
mitment to enhance our local exposure," says VCU 
Athletic Director Dick Sander. "This is a major step." 

Elana Lippa '98BA is a planned giving 
officer in the Development Office of the 
Smithsonian Institution in Washington. 
Keith Lisenbee '93BS/H&S '95MSW is a 
clinical and forensic social worker at 
Botetourt Counseling Center in Blue Ridge, 
VA. He lives in Roanoke, VA. Alan Long 
'92BS/B is president of ABC Staffing in 
Fredericksburg, VA. Kelly (Sullivan) 
Lutton '93BFA married Robert Lutton on 
April 26, 2003. She is an art director at 
Ciiildren's Wear Digest. They live in 
Richmond. Amy (Hamilton) MacDougall 
'99BA/H&S married Gregory MacDougall 
on July 26, 2003. She teaches special edu- 
cation at Aiken Public School. They live in 
Aiken, SC. Miriam Madden '87BA 
'94MA/H&S is a reference librarian at the 
Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. 
She lives in Lilburn, GA. Kimbelry Maines 
'98MS/MC is a freelance copywriter living 
in Wilmington, NC. *Melinda Manzi 
'95BS/B is human resource manager in the 
Southeast Division at K. Hovnanian 
Companies in Greensboro, NC. J. Reedy 
Marsicano'91MBAisvice president for 
DEL REY Systems & Technology, Inc. 
Cade Martin '90BGS/H&S and his wife 
Malvina welcomed their son, Finn 
Anderson Martin on May 14th, 2003.They 
live in Washington, DC, home base for Cade 
Martin Photography, doing worldwide 
location photography for advertising, cor- 
porate and editorial clients like Bank of 
America, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Tobacco 
Free Kids and United Airlines. 
Christopher Martin '92BM is director of 
music and organist at Grace Covenant 
Presbyterian Church in Richmond. Harold 
Martin Jr '83PC/B '91 MBA is the principal- 
in-charge of the Business Valuation and 
Litigation Services Group at Keither, 
Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves, P.C. in 
Richmond. Eric Marwitz '90BS/H&S 
married Bobbi-Jo Hilliard on April 26, 2003. 
He works at Philip Morris USA. They live in 
Midlothian, VA. *Lisa Mathias '93MSW is 
a staff attorney for Legal Aid Bureau Inc. in 
Baltimore, where she lives. Susan 
Matthews '99BS/B is a systems developer 
at HCA Healthcare in Richmond, where she 
lives. Edward Maynes Jr '9gBA/H&S 
married Beth Roberts on May 10, 2003. They 
live in Richmond. Robert Milesnick 
'99BA/H&S is an associate at Prindle, 
Decker & Amaro in San Francisco, where 

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he lives. Amy Miller '92BS/H&S is lead 
vocational counselor atthe Department of 
Rehabilitative Services in Chesterfield, VA. 
Anne Miller '90BS/B '98MBA is an asso- 
ciate project manager with Virginia 
Economic Development in Richmond, 
where she lives. Max Miller '92BS/MC is 
director of operations for the Metro Office 
in Dallas. Jean Moore '94MURP/H&S is a 
planner for Henrico County. She lives in 
Richmond. Cheryl (Lotz) Murray '92BS/B 
married Glenn Murray on March 15, 2003. 
They live in Richmond. William Myers 
'86BS '93MS/B is president of Business 
Pathfinders, Inc. and owner of Rivah Bistro, 
both in Richmond where he lives. 
Matthew Neale Esq '99BFA is an attorney 
at Ryan Marks Johnson & Todd in Las 
Vegas, NV, where he lives. Robert 
Nelson '93BS/B is a senior account execu- 
tive at Cable & Wireless in Chicago. He 
lives in Lemont, IL *Karen Newsome 
'90BS '91BS/B is a systems analyst at 
Anthem in Richmond. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA. Charles Parker 
'95BA/H&S married Elizabeth Harmon on 
April 26, 2003. He works for Costco 
Wholesale Corporation. They live in Glen 
Allen, VA. *Jeanne Partridge '94BFA is a 
space managerforthe Department of 
Defense in Arlington, VA. She lives in 
Alexandria, VA. *Sudeshkumari 
Pathmarajah '96BA/H&S '96MT teaches 
kindergarten at Singapore American 
School in Singapore, where she lives. 
Chris Pellegrino '95MPA/H&S is associate 
director for Training and Development at 
APSE in Richmond. He lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. Suzanne Pender 
'90BFA is a public affairs specialist atthe 
Natural Resources Conservation Service in 
Washington, DC. She lives in Alexandria, 
VA. Elizabeth Penn '97MEd is a guidance 
counselor for Roanoke City Schools in 
Roanoke where she lives. Marcia Penn 
'72BS/SW '87MPA/H&S '91 PhD/E was 
named one of Richmond YWCA's 10 
Outstanding Women of 2003. She was the 
first director of Virginia's Office of 
Volunteerism and Office of Prevention, 
Information and Training. She is on the 
Boards of the Fan Free Clinic and the 
Autism Center of Virginia. Dawn Poulos 
'94BFAteachesartin Henrico County 
Schools. She lives in Glen Allen, VA. 
*Jacquelyn Price '99BS/B is an analyst for 
Circuit City in Richmond. David Prichard 
'96PhD/SWis assistant to the president, 
associate professor of Social Work, School 
of Social VVork director, and Addictions 
Counseling Program visiting professor of 
psychology atthe University of New 
England in Portland, ME, where he lives. 
Lisa Puffer '89BFA is a senior associate 
with CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc. in 
Boston. She has done many corporate 
design projects and is working now on the 
renovation of Boston's Museum of Fine 
Arts. She lives in Chemsford, MA. 

*Adrienne Quarles-Smith '93BS/H&S 
'97MEd lives in Richmond teaches special 
education in Richmond Public Schools. 
""Sheri Reynolds '92MFA/H&S, author of 
Bitteroot Landing, The Rapture of Canaan, 
and A Gracious Plenty, received the Mary 
Frances Hobson Prize for Distinguished 
Achievement in Arts and Letters in ApriL 
2003. She holds the Ruth and Perry Morgan 
Chair of Southern Literature at Old 
Dominion University and recently received 
an Outstanding Faulty Award from the State 
Council of Higher Education for Virginia. 
Dexter Richardson '98BS/H&S married 
Crystal Wilson on July 19, 2003. He is a pro- 
bation officer with the US Probation Office. 
They live in Chesterfield County, VA. 
*Thea Robinson '92BS/E is an athletic 
trainer at Clear Creek High School in 
League City, TX. She lives in Clear Lake 
Shores, TX. Patrick Robbins '90BFA 
owns Son of Earth, Ltd. studios in Hampton, 
VA, where he lives. Jeff Samford '90BS/B 
is vice president of operations at Collegiate 
Funding Services in Fredericksburg, VA. 
Matthias Schmitt '98MBA/B is vice presi- 
dent of Westmoreland Capital 
Management, LLC in Richmond. Thomas 
Sheets '95BS/B is vice president of 
Wachovia Securities, Inc. William 
Sheffey '90BS/B is a senior equity trade and 
vice president of Commerce Bank in 
Kansas City, where he lives. Randolph 
Shelton '92MBA is COO and executive vice 
president of Consolidated Bank & Trust. 
Tacy (Norris) Slater '97MEd married 
George Slater on June 28, 2003. They live in 
Richmond. Robert Smelik '97BFA married 
Carole Myers on April 5, 2003. They live in 
Springfield, VA. Virginia Smith '96BFA is 
an illustrator for Ukrop's Super Market, Inc. 
in Richmond where she lives. Anne 
Thomas Soffee's '95MFA/H&S memoir, 
Snalis Hips: Belly Dancing and How / 
Found True Love, has been optioned for a 
movie by United Artists. *Kasturi 
Srinivasan '92PhD/H&S is an applied 
research engineer specialist at Lexmark in 
Longmont, CO, where he lives. Phaedra 
Staton '94BS/H&S is an executive assistant 
at The Boeing Company in Arlington, VA. 
She lives in Alexandria, VA. Rashan 
Stephens '96BS/H&S is a manager of 
Component Production for Virginia Blood 
Services in Richmond where he lives. 
Jacqueline Taylor '8eBS'98BS/B is a 
manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation 
in Arlington, VA. Jonathan Terry '96BS/E 
is a pharmaceutical sales representative 
for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Midlothian, 
VA, where he lives. John Thomas 
'97BS/H&S is a consultant at IPC 
Technologies in Richmond. Pascale 
(Pepin) Thomas '97BS/B '99MBA married 
John Thomas Jr '97BS/H&S on April 26, 
2003. Lauri (Rochelle) Thompson '99BFA 
married Elijah Thompson on May 31, 2003. 
They live in Richmond. SuThongpan 
'97BS/B is a business consultant in 

Richmond where she lives. TobyTolson 
'95BS/MC married Shea Mertens on April 
12, 2003. They live in Campbell, VA. 
*Joseph Topich V '95BS '96C/B and his wife 
Heather celebrated the birth of their son, 
Zachary Joseph, on December 30, 2002. 
Alice Toth '94BFA is a Ul architect at Digital 
River, Inc. in Chicago, where she lives. 
Cheryle Toy '98BS/B is a manager at CCA 
Industries Inc. in Richmond. She lives in 
Chesterfield, VA. Vijay Vatsalya '94BS/B 
owns Perfect Plants in Marietta, GA, where 
he lives. JamesWambach'91BS/Bisan 
insurance sales agent with American 
General in Richmond. Hope Washington 
'99BFA is a production artist at Graphic Arts 
in Manhattan Beach, CA. She lives in Palos 
Verdes Peninsula, CA. Scott White 
'92C/B is a senior associate at Harrison & 
Bates, Inc in Richmond, where he lives. 
Matthew Wieringo '90BFA is a studio artist 
at The Martin Agency and lives in 
Richmond. Michelle Wilder '90BFA is a 
payroll coordinator for Social Services in 
Richmond, where she lives. Johnny 
Wilkinson '90BS/B is vice president of 
Marketing for GTSI Corp. *James 
Williams '96MS/H&S lives in Staunton, VA, 
whereheischief of police. Michele 
Williams '94MA/H&S is an education coor- 
dinator at Memorial Behavioral Health in 
Gulfport, MS. She lives in Long Beach, MS. 

Deborah Wyatt-Smith '97BS/B is a human 
resource generalist atthe Virginia 
Department of Human Resource 
Management in Richmond, where she lives. 

Michelle (Kniceley) Young '98BS/H&S is 
a teacher at Ghent United Methodist 
Preschool in Norfolk, where she lives. 


Amanda Almassy '02BS/B is a sales assis- 
tant atthe Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, 
where she lives. *Cynthia Alston '01C/B 
is a respiratory therapist at VCU Health 
Systems in Richmond. She lives in Glen 
Allen, VA. John Barbee III '02BS/B is an 
associate at Keiter, Stephens, et al. He lives 
in Richmond. *Nancy Beasley 'OOMS/MC 
received the Best in Virginia 2002 Award of 
Excellence forfeature writing from the 
International Association of Business 
Communications/ Richmond Chapter. 
"Breakthe Silence," an in-depth look at 
domestic violence and sexual assault in 
Richmond, appeared in Richmond 
Magazine. Laura (Knizatko) Bechntler 
'01BS/H&S is an executive assistant in 
Public Utilitiesforthe City of Harrisonburg, 
VA, where she lives. Mary Bergman 
'01 BM had her first child, Hunter James, on 
March 3, 2002. Janelle Bitikofer'OIMSW 
is a crisis counselor/social worker at Wake 
County Mental Health in Durham, NC. 
Erik Bleecher'02BS/B married Kara Hall on 
July 19, 2003. He is a mortgage consultant 
at Capital Center. They live in Richmond. 
Joan Boettger 'OOBM teaches voice and 
piano at Gary Music School in Cary, NC. 


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In the manuscript of his memoirs, From 
Afghanistan with Entlnisiasm, Dr. 
Shahwali Arezo '90BS/H&S writes that 
"many things change in our lifetime. 
Sometimes we have lots of control over 
these changes, and sometimes we have 
absolutely none over what happens to 
us." He would know. Arezo and his family 
came to the U.S. as refugees from 
Afghanistan in the fall of 1984. 

Arezo's father, a former army officer, 
was arrested by the Communists for 
planning to destroy their government. 
"I never saw so many officers and soldiers 
equipped with Russian AK-47s— 200-300. 
After that night we never saw my 
father again." 

Friends, relatives, and complete 
strangers helped smuggle the family out 
of Afghanistan into Pakistan, and then to 
India, where they waited two years to go 
to the United States. It was raining the 
day Arezo's family received permission to 
immigrate from the U.S. Embassy. "I 
remember dancing in the rain for a long 
time to celebrate this great news." The 
Arezos came to Richmond to stay with 
family and try to build a life. They had no 
money and spoke very little English. 

Shahwali Arezo had dreamed of 
becoming a doctor since he was fourteen. 
When his mother was sick with a gall- 
bladder infection, the sarcastic response 
she and her family received from 
"ignorant" Afghani doctors angered and 
saddened her son. He sat in her hospital 
room and thought, "Oh God, I will be a 
very gentle and caring doctor if I ever 
make it that far." 

In the U.S., instead of going to high 
school, Arezo and his brother ranged the 
city searching for work to support the 
family. Arezo found a bicycle on a junk 
pile, walked it 20 miles home, and fixed 
it. For months the bike was his main 

From their first job from hell with a 
moving company, the kitchen at Grace 
Place restaurant was a relief. Arezo's boss 
Michael King was impressed; "I have 
never seen anyone taking such pride in 
washing dishes." In a sense, Grace Place 

was where Arezo was 
first recmited for VCU, 
since most of the staff 
was VCU students. 
Arezo had a foreign 
exchange study with 
King, who taught him 
English while Arezo told 
him about Afghanistan. 

Later, Arezo painted 
houses and cooked his 
way through thousands 
of fries at several McDonald's, where one 
boss urged him to go to the company's 
Hamburger College — not the college he 
had in mind. ("I still enjoy a Big Mac," he 
says, "but not as much, after finding out 
how bad it is for you.") 

When a McDonald's co-worker told 
him about the high school equivalency 
degree (G.E.D.) and college financial aid, 
it was a revelation. "All of a sudden I felt 
I had a chance to go to college one day." 

Soon, G.E.D. in hand, Arezo started J. 
Sargeant Reynolds Community College. 
"I could hardly understand the lectures 
because the teachers were speaking so 
rapidly — or I thought they were." But 
they were also kind, and "I was very 
happy just to be there." After a year and a 
half of working nights as a security guard 
and going to school, Arezo tiansfened to 
VCU to study chemistry, "a little closer to 
becoming a doctor." 

Arezo writes, "It was difficult getting 
used to the university. The classes were 
much larger, and the teachers did not 
know the students because there were 
so many." Fortunately, Arezo's pre-med 
advisor Dr. Art Seidenberg "pointed me 
in the right direction at the right time. 
I also have a great deal of respect for 
Dr. Robert Bass, Dr. Raphael Ottenbrite, 
and Dr. Rosecrans." 

VCU pharmacologist Dr. John 
Rosecrans gave his lab assistant top evalu- 
ations and invaluable encouragement. 
"Arezo was one of the best research assis- 
tants who worked in our laboratory," 
remembers Rosecrans. "He was extiemely 
conscientious and hard working, and 
took this research very seriously. He has 
a very pleasant personality and was liked 
by everyone." Seidenberg says simply, 

The Brothers Arezo. Rati, Mirwali, Fahim, and Adam 
with Shahwali at his medical school graduation in 1995. 

"I think Wall is the sweetest person I've 
ever met." 

Arezo and his family were thrilled at 
his graduation from VCU, but "I knew in 
my heart it was only the beginning of my 
long educational joumey." He earned his 
MD at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 
1995 and returned to VCU Health System 
for a residency in internal medicine, 
1996-98. Now a gastioenterologist in 
private practice in Virginia Beach, "Dr. 
Wall" is loved by patients and staff. "It's 
better than I had ever envisioned my life 
twenty years ago." 

Arezo thinks often about Afghanistan. 
"I prayed every day that one day we 
would have peace and stability so we 
could live like normal human beings 
again." U.S. intervention was necessary, 
he says. "We needed some superpower to 
help us. The country was desttoyed." He 
adds, "Without peace, you can't have 
anything else." As soon as his country is 
stable, Arezo will visit and volunteer 
annually, to teach medicine. 

Arezo has responded to tiemendous 
changes in his life with an amazing lack 
of bitterness. He answered instead with 
determination, perseverance, and great 
gratitude and generosity of spirit. Who 
could argue with the subtitle of his 
memoir — Tlw hispiring Tnte Story of 
Shahwali Arezo MD? 

Lea Marshall is a dancer with Ground 
Zero Dance Company (named before 
September 11), which includes several 
VCU alumni. 

"Jacinta Bottoms '99BS '03MS/B is an 

educator with the State of Maryland. 
Bruce Boykin '02MBA is general manager 
of Eck Enterprises in Richmond. He lives in 
Midlothian, VA. Quinn Brandau '02MBA 
is a loan officer with Charter One Mortgage 
in Glen Allen, VA. *Amy Brann '01BS/B is 
a teller at the Virginia Credit Union in 
Richmond. Jennifer (Sweeney) Brown 
'02BFA married Andrew Brown on May 17, 

2003. They live in Glen Allen, VA. John 
Burkhardt 'OOMSW is a social worker for 
the Foundation for Senior Living in Phoenix. 
Helivesinlempe. Noel Burton III 
'OOBS/B is a territory sales manager at 
Philip Morris and lives in Virginia Beach. 
*Jake Canova 'OOMBA is president and 
CEOofPerformax in Baltimore. Kyung 
Chang '03BS/B is an assistant examiner at 
the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond. 

John Christopher '75BS/IVIC 'OOMBA is 

president of Kilduff Oil in Reedville, VA. He 
is also director of the Green Virginia Ethanol 
Project and recently received a $211,000 
USDA development grant to study ethanol 
production in VA. *Anthony Clark 
'02BS/B is a divisional vice president for 
AXA Advisors in Richmond. Rachel Clark 
'02BFA is assistant project manager at 
Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern in Virginia 

FALL 35 2003 

Beach, where she lives. Daniel Clarke 
'01BM is the founder of Modem Groove 
Syndicate, a groove-jazz band. *Michelle 
(Ellis) Conklin '99BS/H&S '03MD married 
*Robert Conklin '99C/IV1'03IV!D on May 25, 
2003. They live in Roanoke, VA. Catherine 
Cooke 'OOBS/WIC is a media technician for 
Chesterfield County Public Schools in VA. 
*Dewey Corriher II '02BS/B is a property 
manager at Gumenick Properties in 
Richmond, where he lives. *Jason 
Cowan '02BS/B is a real estate appraiser 
for Hanover County, VA. Shaudnra 
Crenshaw 'OOBS/H&S is a correctional 
Deputy at Henrico County Sheriff's Office 
and lives in Richmond. Heidi Criser 
'01BS/B is a programmer in the Chemistry 
Department atthe University of Virginia. 
She lives in Palmyra, VA. David Crites 
'92BA/H&S'92MT00C/B is a telephone spe- 
cialist at Capital One in Glen Allen, VA. He 
lives in Colonial Heights, VA. ""Cynthia 
Crocker '02BS/B is a financial analyst at 
AMF Bowling Worldwide in 
Mechanicsville, VA. She lives in Midlothian, 
VA. Stacey(Lyne) Daub '03MT/E married 
Kevin Daub on June 28, 2003. They live in 
Richmond. Christine Desantis '01BM 
teaches music and English in 14 schools in 
Tomioka, Japan. *Kerrie DiStanIo 
'02MA/B is an analyst at FreeMarkets, Inc. 
in Pittsburgh, where she lives. Susan 
Dryden 'OIBS/MC is a money order 
services administrator for Fas Mart 
Convenience Stores and lives in Richmond. 

Sara (Meli) Dudkin '02BS/MC married 
Emmanuel Dudkin on April 26, 2003. She 
works for the Todd Organization. They live 
in Richmond. Andy Earp'OOBM is band 
director at Manor Middle School and assis- 
tant director at Manor High School in 
Manor, TX. Christian (Muldoon) Edwards 
'02BA/H&S married Frederick Edwards on 
June 28, 2003. She teaches at Caroline 
Middle School. They live in Mechanicsville, 
VA. Eric Edwards '02BS/H&S married 
Autum Primm on June 7, 2003. They live in 
Richmond. Vernita Elliott '92BS/H&S 
'OOMSW is a director of Field Instruction at 
Virginia Union University in Richmond. She 
lives in Suffolk, VA. Jeffrey Feighner 
'02BS/H&S is an asset protection associate 
at Sears in Glen Allen, VA. He lives in 
Richmond. John Fisher '02BA is a mer- 
chandising assistant at Polo Ralph Lauren 
in Lyndhurst, NJ. and lives in Jersey City. 
Amy Fitzgerald 'OOMSW and her husband 
Preston celebrated the birth of twins Caitlyn 
and Conner on January 17, 2003. She is a 
project manager at Catholic Charities USA 
in Alexandria, VA. They live in Chantilly, VA. 

*Shelia Fitzgerald '02BS/B is a program 
support technician for the Virginia 
Department of Health and lives in 
Richmond. Phil Flickinger '02MS/MC is a 
junior account planner at Cliff Freeman in 
NYC. Guillermo Flores 'OOBS/B is a 
claims adjuster at Prudential Insurance 
Company in Richmond. He lives in Glen 

Allen, VA. Amanda Flournoy '02BM is 

director of bands at Lunenburg Middle 
School and Central High School in Victoria, 
VA. *Kristina Friedman '02BS/B is a 
paralegal at Citigroup in NYC. She lives in 
Farmingdale, NY. Kristina (Kelley) 
Fulcher'OIBS/H&S married Paul Fulcher on 
May 3, 2003. They live in Sandston, FL 
Tarulatta Garala '99BS/H&S OOC/B is an 
applications developer at Maximus in 
Reston, VA. She lives in Sterling, VA. 
Farrah Graham OIC/H&S '02MPA is an 
arbitrage analyst at Evergreen Investment 
Management and lives in Richmond. 
June Grant 'OIBS/WIC is the promotions 
coordinator for Radio One in Richmond, 
where she lives. ""Lynda Guthmann 
'02BS/B is a portfolio assistant at Rowland 
& Company Investment Counsel in Atlanta. 

Hailey Hamlin '03MSW is a mental health 
case manager in Ashland, VA. She lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. Courtney (Briggs) 
Hampton '02MT married Brian Hampton on 
July 26, 2003. They live in Falls Church, VA. 

*Leslie Hardesty '01BS/B is an account- 
ing specialist at Infineon Technologies in 
Sandston, VA. She is a senior consultant 
with Southern Living at Home magazine. 
She lives in Richmond. Pete Hatcher 
'OIBS/MC owns R.A.R.E Fitness, a fitness 
consulting firm. Michael Hartsfield 
'02MBA married Christina Palczynski on 
May 17, 2003. He is a manager at 
Walgreens. They live in Richmond. Buffy 
Harwood 'OOBS/B is vice president of the 
Correspondent Client Group division at 
Wachovia Securities in Richmond. Ralph 
Hayer '02C/B is a tax preparer at Jackson 
Hewitt Tax Services in Richmond, where he 
lives. Pamela Hayter '02BS/B is house 
manager and administrative assistant atthe 
VCU Alumni Association. She lives in 
Chester, VA. Erin Helland '02BA/H&S 
received VCU's 2003 Nontraditional Studies 
Student Achievement Award. She is the 
International Programs supervisor at Kings' 
Dominion. Allison (Warner) Heyman 
OOMSW married *Peter Heyman '93MD on 
May 10, 2003. She is a mental health clini- 
cian at Hanover County Community 
Services Board. He is a pediatrician at Drs. 
Overton, Wiley, Kirchmier, Terry and Rowe. 
They live in Richmond. Megan Hunt 
'01 MT teaches at Bensley Elementary in 
Chesterfield, VA. She lives in Richmond. 
Kenya (Warren) Jackson '98BS/H&S 
'OOMEd married Michael Jackson on June 
28, 2003. She works for Henrico County 
Schools. They live in Richmond. Steven 
Jackson '02BS/B is a financial advisor at 
Mass Mutual in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA. Corrie James 'OOBS 
'01C/B is a systems specialist at Capital One 
Financial Services, Inc. in Richmond. He 
lives in Glen Allen, VA. *lgorJekauc 
'01BS/H&S '01BS/E is a process engineer at 
Infineon Technologies in Sandston, VA. He 
lives in Richmond. Nicole Johnson 
'02BS/MC is a reporter for the Richmond 

Times-Dispatch and lives in Richmond. • 
Amber JustJs '01MS/MC is a junior art 
director at Ogiivy & Mather VVorldwide in 
New York. Danica King 'OOBS/B received 
Wachovia Securities' Associate of the Year 
award for 2001-02. She is a new accounts 
specialist. Jane King 'OOBS/H&S is an 
insurance agent at Alliance. She lives in 
Wilmington, NC. Marianne Lawrence 
'91BS/B 'OlMEd owns Triangle Resource 
Group LLC. Rochelle (Orr) Lee 'OOBS/B 
married Christopher Lee 'OOBS/B on May 
10,2003. Joan (Boettger) LeTourneau 
'OOBM married Christopher LeTourneau on 
May 17, 2003. They live in Holly Springs, NC. 

Michael Lynch '01MA/H&S is a military 
personnel policy officer for the US Army in 
Heidelberg, Germany. Karen (Wilkins) 
Lynne '01BS/H&S '01 MT married John 
Lynne '01BFA on November 11, 2002. She 
teaches third grade at Linwood Holton 
Elementary School and ballet at Encore 
Performing Arts Studio. He is a graphic 
designer for Ukrop's Supermarkets. They 
live in Ashland, VA. Jeffrey Lysak 
'OOBS/MC is a representative for Star Hill 
Brewery. He lives in Richmond. Shannon 
Marshall 'OOBS/MC is a press assistant for 
the Office of Governor Mark Warner. She 
lives in Richmond. Sarah (Anderson) 
Martin '02BA/H&S married Christopher 
Martin on June 14, 2003. They live in 
Richmond. Timothy Martin '02BS/H&S is a 
claims representative at Progressive 
Casualty Insurance in Richmond, where he 
lives. Brad McGetrick '01 MBA is director 
of research atThalhimer Real Estate in 
Richmond. Kathleen McLaughlin's 
'90BS/H&S '01MFA portfolio of photography 
from Maramure, Romania, "Maramures: 
The Color of Hay," was featured in 
LensWorIi, Dec.2002/Jan.2003. Jessamyn 
Miller '01BIS/H&S received the 2002 NTS 
Achievement Award and the 2002 
Interdisciplinary Studies Outstanding 
Graduating Senior Award. She is in the 
Peace Corps in West Africa. Rachel 
Moody '02BS/B is an audit assistant at W.R. 
Berkley Mid-Atlantic. Amy (Gantt) Moore 
'01BS/H&S '01MT married Richard Moore 
on April 12, 2003. They live in 
Mechanicsville, VA. Heather 
(VanDerhoff) Morrison '03MEd married 
Jason Morrison on July 12, 2003. They live 
in Richmond. Shelley Moss 'OOBS/H&S 
married Bridget Lau on May 31, 2003. ^ 
Elizabeth Nadolski '98BSW OOMSW lives 
in Chicago where she's a social worker at 
Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. *Donna 
Navarro 'OOBS/B is executive vice president 
of Logistics Solutions Group, Inc. in 
Hopewell, VA. Nghia Nguyen 'OOMBA is 
a senior partner at Aerial Broadband, LLC in 
Midlothian, VA. Steve Norfleet 'OOBM 
alerts us that The Devil's Workshop big 
band has released their first CD, Idle Hands, 
recorded live at their standing gig 
Mondays, 9 pm at Bogart's in Richmond. 
The 17-member group includes alumni 


Taylor Barnett '02BM, Daniel Clarke 01 BM 
and Curtis Fye '02BM; faculty John Winn 
'93BM '95MM and Rex Richardson; and 
students Tony Forgey, Sam Savage, Toby 
Whitaker, Stephan Demetriadis and Mark 
Ingraham. Melanie Owes '02BS/H&S is 
an air traffic controller for the US Army. She 
lives in Virginia Beach. Tadric Page 
'01BS/H&S is a special officer at the 
Virginia Department of Environmental 
Quality. He lives in Locust Grove, VA. 
Jennifer Paxton '01BFA is an executive 
assistant at Privett Insurance. She lives in 
Brooklyn, NY. James Pickral 'OOBA/H&S 
is running for Richmond City Council, 4th 
District, on November 4, 2003. He's an 
intern in the office of VA Del. John 
O'Bannon III '73 MD. Tiffany Preston 
'02BS/MC is a real estate agent at Long and 
Foster in Takoma Park, MD and lives in 
Laurel, MD. Michelle Prosise '02BFA is 
an administrative assistant at Connoisseur 
Travel in Washington, DC. She lives in 
Arlington, VA. Christine Reese '02BFA is 
a design associate at Lord Daniel 
Sportswear in Hileah, FL She lives in 
Miami. Julie (Phillips) Richardson 
'OOBS/H&S married Michael Richardson on 
May 17, 2003. They live in Richmond. 
Jeremy Sawyer 'OOBS/B is an accountant 
at Williams Overman Pierce in Raleigh, NC, 
where he lives. ^Jennifer (Hofler) 
Schmidt '02MBA married Raymond 
Schmidt on May 31, 2003. They live in 
Chesterfield County, VA. Joseph 
Sedgwick 'OOMBA is a finance specialist at 
Lexmark International, Inc. in Lexington, KY, 
where he lives. Emily (Dunham) Serfass 
'03BA married Nicholas Serfass on June 28, 
2003. They live in Coral Gables, FL. 
Jessica Shea 'OOMSW is a clinical social 
worker at Emory Hospital in GA. Veronica 
Sikka '01BS/H&S '03MHA is a fellowship 
coordinator at VCU's Department of Internal 
Medicine. She lives in Chester, VA. Elana 
Simms 'OOBS/WIC is a copy editor and 
Community News Religion editor forthe 
South Florida Sun-Sentinel'm Fort 
Lauderdale. Harbir Singh 'OOBS/B is a 
network systems analyst in the Information 
Systems division of Green Park Financial in 
Bethesda, MD. Mario Souza '96BS/AH 
'OOC/B is a software developer for the 
Science Applications International 
Corporation in McLean, VA. Glenda 
Smalls '02BIS/H&S is an administrative 
assistant in the Psychology Department at 
VCU. She lives in Richmond. Susan Spain 
'93BS '01MS/H&S is a research associate 
in the Survey and Evaluating Research 
Laboratory at VCU. Wanda Stivers 
'GOMS/H&S is a detective forthe 
Southampton Sheriff's Office in Courtland, 
VA, where she lives. Omar Stwodah 
'01BS/MC is a marketing consultant at 
IMPAK Marketing in Richmond. Wayne 
Tatum '02BS/MC married Louanne Moore 
on April 5, 2003. They live in Midlothian, VA. 

Angela Taylor '97BA OOMPA/H&S is a 

research associate associate in the Survey 
and Evaluating Research Laboratory at 
VCU. She lives in Beaverdam, VA. Robert 
Taylor '02BS/B is a real estate appraiser for 
Henrico County. Mary Thomson 
'01BS/MC is an assignment editor at NBC 
Channel 12 in Richmond, where she lives. 
*John Thrift '02BS/B is a data research 
analyst at Media General in Richmond, 
where he lives. Claire Tiffey '02MS/MC 
works at Temerlin McClain in Irving, TX and 
lives in Dallas. Christopher Toomey 
'OOMBA is a financial analyst in Toronto. He 
lives in Pickering, ON. John Topacio 
'OOMS/MC works at D'Arcy in Troy, Ml. 
Krista Trono '02BS/H&S is a coastal man- 
agement intern at the Virginia Department 
of Environmental Quality in Richmond, 
where she lives. Brittney (Hewitt) Van 
Deusen'OIMAE married Mark Van Deusen 
on July 26, 2003. They live in Richmond. 
Justin Vaughan 'OOBFA is a graphic 
designer at Wachovia Securities in 
Richmond and lives in Petersburg, VA. 
Malcolm Venable 'OOBS/MC is a freelance 
writer for music and arts magazines. He 
lives in Manhattan. Hal Vincent 
'01MS/MC works atTierney/DeGregorio in 
Philadelphia. Enon Wade '02BS/En 
married Katherine Allen on June 1 5, 2002. 
They live in Fishkill, NY. Steven Walker 
'OOBS/B is property manager at Thalhimer 
in Richmond where he lives. *Tiffany 
Walker '02BS/B is an MS call center repre- 
sentative at Virginia Credit Union in 

In Memoriam 

Richmond. ^Stephanie Waller 
'97BS/H&S '01MS/B is an accountant at 
MCA Hospitals in Richmond. She lives in 
Highland Springs, VA. *Sameatria 
Watkins 'OIBS/B is an auto claims adjuster 
at State Farm Insurance in Charlottesville, 
VA, where she lives. Dionne Waugh 
'02BS/MC works for The Lynchburg News 
& Advance as Bedford County and City 
reporter. Eric Welp 'OOBS/MC is program 
director at Shaw EcoVillage in Washington, 
DC, where he lives. Mary (McCorkle) 
White '01MHA married John White on May 
3, 2003. She works forthe Virginia Academy 
of Family Physicians. They live in Richmond. 

Kauanza Wilkins '02BA/H&S is a sales 
associate at Dillards in Hampton, VA, where 
she lives. ^Stephen Wilkowski '02MBA 
is market manager of the Industrial 
Specialties division for Degussa 
Goldschmidt Chemical in Hopewell, VA. He 
lives in Richmond. Irene VVilliams 
'OOPhD/E is principal of Fairfield Court 
Elementary School in Richmond. Tammie 
Willis '03MM is a composer, percussionist 
and bagpiper. She is the first deaf graduate 
of VCU's music program. Tina Willis 
'02BS/B is an advertising/fiscal coordinator 
forthe VA Department of Transportation 
and lives in Richmond. Gina Wooldridge 
'01 BM teaches music at Chamberlayne and 
Crestview Elementary Schools in 
Richmond. Aixiu Zhang '03PhD/E is coor- 
dinator of Communications & Training at 
A&C International in Rockville, MD, where 
she lives. 

It's a Wonderful Life! 

Bailey Condrey '50BS/B died April 29, 2003, at home in Virginia 
Beacti. Tremendously energetic, he packed a lot into his 81 years, and 
enjoyed the heck out of most of it. 

At RPI, he personified the can-do spirit of the post-WW II genera- 
tion of veterans going to college on the Gl bill. In 1950, Condrey mobi- 
lized his classmates to set up the RPI Alumni Association and headed the temporary 
Executive Committee that wrote the charter, canvassed graduates and found officers. 
He continued to be very active in the eariy years. 

During a 44-year career managing public affairs for C & P Telephone and as a civic 
activist, Bailey Condrey became "a household word" in Norfolk, said columnist Larry 
Bonko. His daughter Harriet Condrey fondly called him King Farouk. He was an avid 
baseball fan, and had played double-A ball as a young man in Richmond. "The region 
has lost a tireless champion," says Harriet Condrey. "He had a wonderful life." 

"A Marvelous Force in Richmond" 

Rhoda Rubin Thalhimer died on March 24, 2003 at 81 . VCU benefited greatly from 
her long and generous support of the university and its students and faculty. 

Her enduring relationship with VCU began in 1962 when she was appointed to 
the board of Richmond Professional Institute and then VCU from 1962 to 1972 and 
again from 1974-85. She worked on many fundraising campaigns for the university 
and MCV Hospitals. 

For her service and dedication, VCU honored her with both the Presidential 
Medallion and the Wayne Medal. She and her husband Charles Thalhimers were also 
inducted into VCU's athletic hall of fame for their support of the tennis program; they 
had donated funds to build VCU's Thalhimer Tennis Courts. 

An avid art collector, she and her husband endowed the Rhoda Thalhimer Chair in 
Art History, held by Dr. Robert Hobbs since 1992. Hobbs remembers her "tremendous 
sense of humor and incisive intelligence. She set very high standards for herself and 
others." Referring to her generosity in both time and resources for other civic causes, 
Hobbs says, "She was a marvelous force in Richmond." 

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Jane (Harrison) Cooke '33/A on January 17, 
2003. She was a member of the Tuckahoe 
Terrace Garden Club and the Virginia 
Museum Council. She volunteered at the 
Virginia Home for more than 50 years. 
Louise (Bowers) Dillard '33BS/E on August 
16, 2003. She was executive director of the 
Virginia Academy of General Practitioners 
in Richmond. Eugenia Wilson '39C/SW 
on June 15, 2002. 


Audrey Black '42BIVI on March 27, 2003. 
She was a an accomplished pianist who 
studied under John Powell and Florence 
Robertson. Louis Earles '48MSW 
Elaine Keys '48BS/E Judith Lederer 
'49BS/B on September 22, 2002. *lsabella 
Sanders 'ITMSW on October 25, 2001. 


Eugenia (Farrow) Brown '54BFA on June 
14, 2003. She was a member of the Virginia 
Historical Society and several others. She 
was an avid genealogist, history buff, 
gardener and animal lover. Frances Hogg 
Franklin '52BS, June 1, 2003, at 95. Atthe 
time of her death, she was probably our 
earliest living alumna. She had first taken 
night classes during 1927-30 while she was 
teaching school, when the School of Social 
Work and Public Health, Richmond Division, 
College of William and Mary, was housed 
entirely at 827 West Franklin Street, 
Founders Hall. She was an active Red 
Cross volunteer organizer during WW II. 
After receiving her BS in Social Science, 
she taught second grade for 20 years 
before an active retirement. Her family and 
friends of all ages remember her lively spirit 
and humor — her nickname "Pig" included 
in her obituary is one example. Woodrow 
Franklin '54BS/E John Harris '56BS/E on 
February 20, 2003. He was a retired health 
and physical education teacher at 
Tuckahoe Middle School where he was 
also head football and track coach. He 
served in the US Navy during WWII on the 
U.S.S. Iowa. He was the 7th Fleet Light 
Heavyweight boxing champion. Kenneth 
Huff '51BFA/MC on April 3, 2003, at 79. He 
was the former owner of Ken Huff 
Advertising and a founding member of the 
Hermitage Road Church of Christ in 
Richmond. Barbara Lehman '55BFA on 
April 20, 2002. *Nancy Mitteldorfer 
'54BS/H&S on May 24, 2003. She was a 
retired vice president with Crestar Bank. 
Talmadge Moose '55BFA on August 3, 2003. 
He operated a graphic arts studio in 
Charlotte, NC. He also headed a commer- 
cial art program for Stanley Community 
College. He taught at Montgomery 
Technical College, Randolph Tech and the 
John Campbell Folk School. Mary 
(Frages) Pantele '58BS/H&S on April 28, 

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James Bedenbaugh 

Donna Blackburn 

Sandra Haas Blacker 

David Boardman 

Jeffrey Brigg 

Nancy Whitehead Brockman 

R. Keith Burton 

Sergio Bustos 

Dr. Thomas H. Casey 

Dr. Regis Chapman 

Sunae Cho 

Buddee C. H. Clinton 

Dale Compton 

Erin Cooper 

Mary Linda Copeland-Cruey 

Bettys Crocker 

Jane Crowder 

Belinda Cullen 

James Delap 

Collins Denny IV 

Melvin Denton 

Ruth Dillingham 

Diane Dodge 


Dr. Lucy Duah-Williams 

Cynthia Dunn 

Drew Dunn 

Barry Ellis 

George Emerson Jr. 

Dean Featherston 

Patrick Ferrell 

Erma Jo Fielden 
James Filler 
Mary Reed Fisher 
Dr. Nancy A. Floyd 
Lewis Foster 
Gary Garner 
Kristina Gatti 
Cheryl Geller 
Willie Gillenwater 
David Gist 
Maureen Goyena 
William Gravitt 
Harold Greenwald 
Keith Gregory 
Peter Grinnell 
Laurie ZipfGrusha 
Rita Busse Gulliksen 
Barbara Guyer 
Stephen Haff 
Denard Hall 
Rhonda Hall 
Frances Hayes 
Nancy Henline 
Donna Henry 
C. Preston Herrington III 
Hugh Hill 
W.Stephen Hill 
Richard Hudepohl 
Carol Huffman 
Dr. Richard Huffman Jr. 
Jonathan Huyard 
Jaime Ibarra 
Mayverdis Jamison 
Elizabeth Johnson 
Gaye Jones 
Phyllis Joyner 
Barbara Taylor Kallus 
Richard Keesecker 
William Kell Jr. 
Craig Kennedy 

Kenneth Kiernan 

Dr. Edward Kitces 

Philip Koenig 

Linda Kotulan 

Robert Lang 

Barry Lubman 

Prudence Lubman 

Arnold Lucas 


O.V. Maiden 

Frederick McKay 

John J. McLaughlin Jr. 

Ted Metzger 

Cecil Millner Jr. 

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Donald Opocensky 

Margaret Opocensky 

Dr. Lesley Padilla 

Jesus Palacios 

Paula Parsley 

Anthony Pearman 

Jean Philpy 

Carol Powell 

Susan Preston 

John Prussing 

Dr. Martha Redstrom-Plourd 

MaryOdom Reidelbach 

Deborah MacArthur Repp 

David Rexrode 

James Rhodes 

Robin Roberts 

Jennifer Taney Robertson 

Freddie Robinson Jr. 

Susan Robinson 

James Rooke 

Dr. John Rose III 

Mary Ellen Rose 

Michael Rose 

Thomas Rose 

Suzanne Schicklin 
William Schools 
Stephanie Peyton Shea 
Kenneth Shutts 
Jeannie Siri 
Ashlin Smith 
Kerry Smith 
Russell Smith 
William Snider 
Sally Sperberg 
Dr. Marilyn Spiro 
Leslie Strouse 
Nicki Szuszczewicz 
Suzanne Thomas 
Nance Thompson 
Stephen Tidier 
Joanne Vaden 
Julian Vaden 
Elizabeth Varghese 
Melissa Velazquez 
Joseph Walsh 
Christian William Walther 
Elizabeth Watson 
Charleen Whitehead 
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Stephen Wilkowski 
Robert Willis 
Terri Willis 

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William Wingfield Jr. 
Robin Wolczanski 
Jonathan Wood 
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2003. She worked for Napier ERA in 
Richmond. Mary Barbara Raines 
'59BS/B, in 1998. She had worked for the US 
government, and she was married to 
William Hansen Jr. '61BS/B. Patricia 
Rutledge '59BIVI. Joan Smiley '53BSW. 
Gertrude (Bruce) Smith '50BS on July 16, 
2003, at 91. She was a teacher, principal 
and librarian in Henrico County, VA. 
"John Thomas '58BS/MC on February 
20, 2003. 


Farrell Carter '68BS/E on July 25, 2003, at 
73. He retired as a major in the U.S. Air 
Force where he was a pilot. He taught in 
Henrico County Schools and worked at 
APC, Inc. William Claud '63BS/H&S on 
May 25, 2003, at 62. He retired from Bell 
Atlantic (Verizon) after 22 years and from 
the Chesterfield County Department of 
Utilities after eight years. He served in the 
Marine Corps, Air Force, and the Army 
National Guard, where he retired with the 
rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As a pilot during 
the Vietnam War, he received a Purple 

Heart. » Michael Cooper '66BS/B on May 

14, 2003, at 58, in an automobile accident 
Irene Glover-Forbes '62BFA on October 28, 
2003, of Lou Gehrig's Disease. Charles 
Pearson Jr '69/En on February 23, 2003, at 
81. He was a lieutenant in the US Navy 
during WWII. He was a member of the 
Downtown Richmond Kiwanis Club. 
""James Seaborn Jr '61BS/B on April 30, 
2003, at 71, after a long illness. He was an 
Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He 
was a retired senior vice president of 
Sovran Mortgage Corporation. He was a 
director of Home Builders Associations for 
Newport News-Hampton, the Blue Ridge, 
and Virginia. He served on VCU's Board of 
Visitors from 1 970-81 . Herbert Setchel Jr 
'66BS/B on February 15, 2003, at 58, of 
cancer. Edwin Smith '62BS/B Marion 
Smith '61MSW on August 26, 2003. She was 
a social worker at the Veterans 
Administration Hosp'rtal. *Marion Spong 
'69BS/H&S on March 5, 2003. She worked 
for the Commonwealth of 
Virgina. William Ware Jr'69MEd on 
December 28, 2002, at 63. He was principal 

of Henrico County Byrd Middle School 
before retiring in 1994. After retirement, he 
was a legislative liaison for Henrico County 
Public Schools, university supervisor for 
studentteachersatVCUandthe University 
of Richmond and instructor for the 
University of Richmond's Teacher 
Licensure Program. 


Doris (Brandon) Barksdale '76BA/H&S on 
May 4, 2003. Joan (Benfield) Berman 
'70BS/E '78MEd on May 10, 2003, at 56, of 
cancer. She taughtspecial education in 
Richmond and Latin in Augusta and Prince 
Edward Counties. She also taught Latin and 
Sanskirt at the University of Virginia. 
*Raleigh Britton Jr '59BFA '73MFA on April 
20, 2003, at 65. He was professor of Fine 
Arts at Virginia Wesleyan University. 
Susan Broadus '74BS/B on August 23, 2002. 

Joseph Collins '74BS/B on June 3, 2003, 
at 59. He was a sales associate at SunCom 
and served in the US Army during the 
Vietnam War. Elsie Cutchin '72BA/H&S 
on March 9, 2003, at 91. She worked for the 

FALL 39 2003 

City of Richmond Department of 
Recreations and Parl<s and taught art 
classes for the City of Richmond. She was a 
memberofthe Chancellor Wythe Chapter 
of the D.A.R. Edna (Preston) Dalrymple 
'71BS/SW on May 20, 2003, at 91 . She had 
been a librarian in the West Point and the 
New Kent School systems. *Martha 
Dennis '76BS/E on June 27, 2003, at 48. She 
taught Day School at St. Thomas Episcopal 
Church. Tyree Felder II '70MS/B on April 
30, 2003. He was retired from the US Army, 
Quatermaster Division and from VCU as 
director of the Equal Employment 
Opportunity Office. Elizabeth (Dawideit) 
Gravatt '75MEd on August 10, 2003. She 
taught in Spotsylvania County, VA and 
owned a hardware store. Elizabeth 
Grubbs '72C/A on July 18, 2003, at 82. 
Frances (Weisiger) Grubbs '72MEd on 
January 29, 2003, at 76. She was a retired 
teacher of the Chesterfield County Schools. 
Shirley (Anderson) Hobbs 70BS/H&S on 
January 18, 2003. Lee Hutcheson-Riley 
'79BFA on July 16, 2003. She worked as a 
fisherwoman on the Valiant Maid in Alaska 
and was a ski-instructor in Colorado. 
Bernard Kaplan '77BS '79MS/B on 
December 30, 2002. Irene Lees 
'76BS/H&S on December 30, 2002. She was 
founder and leader of the Great Books 
group and established the Foreign 
Language Bank at Chesterfield Public 
Library. She also volunteered as a tutor and 
a financial counselorforthe Extension 
Service Stephen Lenton '73MS/E 
Rodney Lewis ■78MAE on May 4, 2003, at 
56. He taught for 34 years, and taught pho- 
tography at Monacan H.S. in Chesterfield 
County for 1 5 years. His daughter Carrie 
Lewis says, "My Dad was a role model and 
a mentor who changed many students' 
lives. Strict but always fair, he was very 
proud to be a teacher." Louise 
(Shomaker) Lipford '72AA on July 31, 2003, 
at 85. Roy Morgan '73MSW on July 14, 
2003, at 86, of cancer. He was stationed at 
Pearl Harbor on December?, 1941 and was 
an active member of the Pearl Harbor 
Survivors Association. He was a B-17 pilot 
in the Pacific Theater, and served in military 
intelligence. He helped introduce American 
baseball in Madrid during a tour in Spain. 
He held a Command Pilot rating and earned 

the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also 
a supervisor of Fairfax County Court 
Juvenile Justice programs. Michael 
Parnell '78BS/B on January 7, 2003, at 49. 
He was an accountant at Overnite 
Transportation for 25 years. Jennifer 
(Kouten) Plentl '77BS/E on May 17, 2003, at 
50 Miriam (Delano) Rice '71 BS/E on 
December 29, 2002. She taught music and 
sixth-grade English in the Richmond County 
School System. Lee (Hutcheson) Riley 
'79BFA on July 16, 2003. She worked on a 
commercial fishing boat. The Valiant Maid, 
in Alaska and later taught skiing at Wolf 
Creek Pass in Colorado. BrendaSaxe 
'73BS/MC Kenneth Sheeran '72BS/H&S 
on March 20, 2003. *C.LSIonaker 
'65BME '72MM on March 25, 2003, of con- 
gestive heart failure. He was principal of 
Crestwood Elementary in 1975, Greenfield 
Elementary in 1990 and was the first princi- 
pal of Woolridge Elementary. He was prin- 
cipal of Robious Elementary in 1997. He was 
former director of elementary education in 
Chesterfield. Alex Spencer '75BS/H&S 
on May 31, 2003, at 77. He was pastor of 
Reams Independent Methodist Church in 
Dinwiddle, VA for many years. He served in 
the US Army during WWII and the Korean 
War, and was a member of the Virginia 
National Guard and chaplain for the Virginia 
Defense Force. At VCU's MCV Hospitals, he 
was chief of police, administrator of the 
A.D. Williams Clinic, and night superinten- 
dent. He was a counselor with the Virginia 
Department of Corrections before retirment. 
Mary Stocks '76MEd on July 19, 2003. She 
was head librarian at J. R.Tucker High 
School in Henrico County, VA. James 
Thomas ■71/H&S on April 1, 2003. William 
Tinker '71MS/B on FebruarY 10, 2003, at 64. 
He retired in 1999 from Dominion Power 
after 30 years as a cash manager. He was a 
member of the Multiple Sclerosis 
Foundation. Everett Vause '69BS/SW 
'72MEd on March 28, 2003. He founded 
Adam's Corner School for emotionally dis- 
turbed children and worked with the 
Virginia Treatment Center at VCU Health 
System. He founded the first fraternity on 
the Academic Campus, Phi Delta Omega, 
which merged with Sigma Phi Epsilon, and 
was president from 1964-68. James 
Walker Sr '75BS/B, at sunrise, April 15, 

Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year degree/school 


A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

(CLS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

CPP Centerfor Public Policy 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 

MC Mass Communications 
N Nursing 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 


AS Associate's Degree 
C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 
BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 
BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 
BIS, MIS Bachelor, Master of Interdisciplinary 

2003, in Richmond. In a long and varied business 
career, his own business was Creative Ideas, in 
home improvement. His passion was for Melaleuca, 
Inc: The Wellness Company. "Jimmy professed his 
love for the Lord in everything he did," says his wife, 
Frances. He was studying for the ministry when he 
became ill. 


Roy Bruce 'SBBA/H&S on June 25, 2003, at 36. He 
was a writer and president of the Cartoon Fantasy 
Organization of Central Virginia and the Japanese 
Animation Network. He was also guest liaison 
director for Anime Mid-Atlantic, and worked with 
Studio Ironcat in Fredericksburg, VA. He wrote and 
maintained the website and volun- 
teered at the VCU Libraries Special Collections. 
James Chaffin Jr on April 11 , 2003, at 51 . He served 
for many years on the Board of the Creekwood 
Owners' Association and awarded many scholar- 
ships through its scholarship fund. Holly Coe 
■88BM on Aprill 6, 2003. *James Fields Jr ■75BS/B 
'82MEd on June 2, 2003, at 60, of nonHodgkins 
lymphoma. A cost analyst for DuPont, he also taught 
adult accounting at Meadowbrook High School. He 
served for 30 years in the US Army Reserve and 
retired as a Command Sergeant Major with the 81st 
Airborne "Screaming Eagles" in Chattanooga, TN. 
Joanne Lansinger '83BS/B on March 23, 2003, at 63. 
She volunteered in hospice programs, at the 
Children's Hospital of Honduras and atthe Laubach 
Literacy Council. Anne McLeod '80BS/B on 
August 4, 2003, at 78. She worked for the City of 
Richmond from 1970-79. She volunteered at 
Chippenham Hospital and the Virginia Historical 
Society. Vernon Robins Jr '89C/B on June 26, 
2003, at 45. He was a CPA at Philip Morris. Jane 
(Pierce) Sandelin '81 BFA on January 6, 2003. 
Raymond Taylor '80MA/B on August 14, 2002. 
Crystalyn Thompson '87BS/B on March 23, 2003. • 
Jan van Reekum ■85BS/B on April 21, 2003, at 43. He 
served on the Board of Elk Hill Farm and was a vol- 
unteer pilot for Angel Flight. Anne Velez 
'87BA/H&S on May 29, 2003, at 39. She was director 
of After School Programs at Collegiate School in 
Richmond. Suzannah (Compson) Wardrup '89BFA 
on March 12, 2003, at 35, of acute lymphocytic 
leukemia. She founded and owned The Golden 
Squeegee, a screen printing business in Richmond. 


Robert Belfield ■89BSW '92MSW on May 2, 2003, at 
64. He was founder of the Universal Exterminating 
Company. Kristin Bell '93BFA on July 10, 2003, at 

BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of Social Work 
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of Music, 

Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MAE Master of Art Education 
MBA Master of Business Administration 
MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MT Five-yearTeacher Education program includes 

a BA or BS/H&S and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 

*Member oftlie VCU Alumni Association 

32. She taught art in schools in Ocala, 
IVIiami, Winter Haven and Gainesville, FL 
Kriszta Carver '98IVISW on March 21, 2003, 
at 31, of colon cancer. She was a social 
worker for Chesterfield County. Mark 
Gilliland '92BS/B on July 25, 2003, at 50. He 
trained US troops at Fort Irwin, CA. He also 
tutored students at J. Sargeant Reynolds 
Community College. *Sondra (McGarvey) 
Held '91BSW'95MSW'95C/AH on March 
15, 2003, of diabetes. She was director of 
Bereavement at Bennett Funeral Home and 
pastoral counselor for St. Mary's Woods 
Retirement Center. She was a state presi- 
dent of the Virginia SIDS Association, state 
secretary of The Bereavement Association, 
a member of the State of Virginia Fetal 
Infant Mortality Review Team and the 
Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Board. She was 
a facilitatorfor SIDS and other survivors' 
support groups, and founded the 
Mechanicsville Chapter of Compassionate 
Friends. Katherine Lindquist '96MEd on 
March 13, 2003, of breast cancer She was 
a guidance counselor for Chesterfield 
County Schools. Edwin Merrick Jr 
■90BFA on December 19, 2002. He owned 
and operated EJM Design. Micliael 
Snapp '90BS/H&S '94MS/B on December 
24, 2002, at 34. He was a programmer/ 
analyst at the Department of Motor 
Vehicles in Richmond. 


Dr. Jeffrey Hilton Smart '02MFA on June 14, 
2003, at 43, of cancer He was a prolific 
theater critic, playwright, actor and singer. 
He taught theatre history, speech and ESL 
at VCU. "His three greatest loves," says his 
partner, Foster Billingsley, "were musical 
theater, the written word and education. 
Jeffrey taught us that it was freeing not to 
have a lot of money, but to do what was 
most important to you." A quiet man, "he 
had a wicked sense of humor." His strong 
spirituality and bonds with his partner, 
family and friends brought "calls and letters 
from his friends all over the country" at his 
death. Katrina Thomas '01BSW on May 
10, 2003, at 30. 

Friends of VCU 

In our Spring 2003 issue, we mistakenly 
reported that Clinton Ferguson, who died 
December 25, 2002, at 86, taught in the 
School of the Arts. He was an associate 
professor ofeconomics at VCU's School of 
Business. Lawrence Blanchard Jr. on 
April 14, 2003, at 82. A retired vice chair and 
CFO of Ethyl Corp., he had served on the 
board of the VCU Foundation. Clinton 
Baber on April 2, 2003, at 93. He served in 
the US Army during WWII, retiring with the 
rank of Colonel. He worked for many years 
in the tobacco industry in Richmond, 

Venezuela and the Philippines. For 20 years 
he worked in commercial real estate at 
Harrison & Bates. He was chair of the 
Virginia Section of The American Chemical 
Society and served on the General Staff of 
The Military Order of the World Wars. His 
wife, Lucille Anderson Baber '39BS/H&S, 
had died February 26, 2001 . Anne (Young) 
Sternheimer on January 21, 2003, of cancer. 
She was secretary-treasurer of A&N 
Stores since 1980. She endowed VCU 
scholarships for nursing and athletics and 
served on the Massey Cancer Center 
Advisory Board; her husband, Mark, served 
on the School of Engineering Foundation 
Board. She received a Humanitarian Award 
from the National Conference of Christians 
and Jews in 1997. She had her pilot's 
license, and volunteered for local state and 
congressional campaigns. She was 
appointed to preservation councils for 
Capital Square and the Governor's 
Mansion. Robert Archer Wilson Jr. on 
April 3, 2003 in Tuscon, at 89. He served on 
the Board of Visitors from 1962 to 1972, his 
last two years as Rector. In 1968, Richmond 
Professional Institute merged with the 
Medical College of Virginia to become VCU. 
A member of the commission which wrote 
Richmond's council-manager charter 
adopted in 1948, he was elected to the first 
City Council underthe new charter 

Saturday IMight Fsver 

( Basketball B DIsca Ball ) 

Saturday, December 6, 7 pm 

WWiam & Mary vfip. Rams 

Followed by Dance Party Disco Band Groove Spot 
Saturday, February 21, 7 pm 

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School of Allied Health Professions 
Reverend Robert Lantz '64 Certificate in 
Patient Counseling 

Chair of the Board, Maryland Institute of 
Pastoral Counseling, Inc., Board Certified 
Diplomate of the American Association of 
Pastoral Counselors 


Starrene Foster '89-'95 Dance 

Dancer, teacher, choreographer and Artistic 
Director of Starr Foster Dance Project; 
choreography pesented at Charlottesville 
Festival of Contemporary Dance & 
Improvisation and Philadelphia Fringe Festival 

Basic Health Sciences, School of Medicine 
Dr. Kevin Holmes '81 PhD Anatomy 

Head of Flow Cytometry Section, National 
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 
National Institutes of Health 

School of Business 
Edward Flippen '64 BS 

Partner in the Public Utilities and Energy 
Group, McGuireWoods; past Rector and 
member of VCU Board of Visitors; past Chair 
of Administrative Lavi^ Section, Virginia State 
Bar Board of Governors 

School of Dentistry 

Dr. James Watkins '75 DDS 

Private dentistry practice, former member of 
American Dental Society's Council on Dental 
Education/ Commission on Dental 
Accreditation; ADA representative for Dental 
Assisting National Board 

School of Education 
Donna Dalton '00 MEd 

Director of Curriculum and Instruction for 
Chesterfield County Public Schools; 1994 
Presidential Av^/ard for Science and 
Mathematics Teaching 


School of Engineering 

James Munn '01 BS Electrical Engineering 

Staff Engineer with IBM-Electronics Division, 
Manufacturing Engineering in Burlington, 
Vermont; a founder and past president of VCU 
Chapters of engineering fraternity Theta Tau 
and engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi 

College ofHwnanities and Sciaices 
Brian Jackson '85 BA Political Science 

Vice President and General Counsel, 
Corporate Secretan/ and Member of Board of 
Directors for Ukrops Supermarkets, Inc. 

School of Mass Commmications 
William Chapman '87 BS 
Chris Thurston '87 BS 

Founders of RightMinds advertising and mar- 
keting agency; Richmond Ad Club's 2001-02 
Ad Team of the Year; 2002 Richmond 
Business Ethics Award 

School of Medicine 

Dr. Christopher Colenda III 77 MD 

Geriatric Psychiatrist and Dean of the College 
of Medicine at Texas A&M University System 
Health Science Center; Special 
Commendation of the American Psychiatric 
Association Council on Aging 

School of Nursing 

Dr. Bennie Marshall 70 BS 

2002 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse 
Fellow, Professor and Head of the 
Department of Nursing at Norfolk State 

School of Pharmacy 
Daniel Herbert '66 BS 

President and CEO of Richmond 
Apothecaries, President-Elect of American 
Pharmacists Association 

School of Social Work 
Ray Goodwin '64 MSW 

Deputy Commissioner of Virginia Department 
of Social Services since 1 976; initiated Virginia 
Social Services' training for local child welfare 

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